COVID-19 shame is real & not OK

By Goldi Egger, Red Cross volunteer  Isabelle Du, the former Miss Vietnam USA, made heads turn when she walked into the blood drive to donate plasma. Others may have recognized her onscreen performances in CBS’s “Amazing Race” or “American Beauty Star.”   In addition to her many talents, Isabelle is also a Red Cross volunteer. She is a kind, intelligent human, and she has a powerful message for us.   “I will...

Board Highlight:
Meet Scott Olmsted

Scott Olmsted, Chair of the Board Governance & Nominating Committee, Immediate Past Board Chair  What is your current professional role? I lead a team of bankers nationally at Bank of America that focuses on companies in the technology industry.  We focus on companies that are in the emerging growth phase of their lifecycle to help them expand their business both domestically and internationally.  Our services include...

Una donación altruista salvó la vida de su padre

By Helen Brooks, Red Cross voluntaria  En ocasiones hasta con lágrimas en los ojos, Yesenia Miranda Meza, empleada de la Cruz Roja en el área de San Gabriel Pomona Valley, cuenta la historia de cuando su padre contrajo COVID-19 y el haber recibido plasma convaleciente llevándolo a una completa recuperación. Su historia comienza con su padre, Jesús Miranda, un señor de 68 años, muy trabajador y dedicado a su familia.  Jesús siempre...

Disaster volunteer rises from apartment fire ashes

By Mimi Teller, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Volunteer When the fire started to consume the two buildings next to her mother’s Panorama City home, Kenia Perez received a call to rush over. Kenia helped everyone safely get out of the home including the family pets but then watched, feeling utterly helpless, as dozens of neighbors fled their burning homes. A mother of two young girls and studying at Los Angeles Mission College to be a...

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