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...

Bernie Nazari receives
division award: Spirit of Pacific

By Joanne Nowlin, CEO American Red Cross LA Region Great news to share – Bernie Nazari was selected as the recipient of the Spirit of Pacific Award. This award recognizes a volunteer or paid staff member across the entire Pacific Division of the American Red Cross who acts with a sense of purpose, has a passion for service and willingness to go above and beyond.  Simply put, Bernie does it all. His commitment, perseverance, and...

For appreciation week, look back at volunteers we honored

Happy National Volunteer Week! In honor of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to take this time to shine a light on our Volunteer Excellence Award Recipients of 2020. These volunteers embodied the Red Cross throughout 2020 and the mission work being done. Biomedical Achievement – ANDREW LEEAndrew was exceptionally helpful to Blood Services in 2020 through the COVID environment. He provided great insight and solutions to the education sector...

Finding a silver lining in COVID-19

By Kate Huntley, Red Cross LA intern  When COVID-19 spread across Los Angeles and shut down schools, closing businesses and preventing social gatherings, our lives turned upside down. As an incoming high school senior, I missed my prom, my spring sport and the fall of my senior year due to COVID-19. For students like me, finding a silver lining in the pandemic has not been easy. Yet find it I did during a project for my...

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