A selfless donation saved her father’s life

By Helen Brooks, Red Cross volunteer  Sometimes through tears, Yesenia Miranda Meza, a Red Cross employee in the Red Cross Serving San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter, tells the story of her father contracting COVID-19 and then receiving convalescent plasma leading to his full recovery.    Her story begins with her father, Jesus Miranda, a hard-working 68-year-old and a dedicated family man. Jesus always worked...

Finding meaningful human connection during COVID-19

By Mary Spellerberg, Red Cross volunteer transportation specialist  Volunteering has always been so many things for me: a way to connect, give back, be productive, have purpose and find satisfaction. After losing my job in 2020, it became cathartic, too.   Before the pandemic, I volunteered with hotel industry associations and educational groups. When the pandemic hit, and I saw my fellow hospitality brothers and sisters lose...

Blood Drive Partner Spotlight:
Valencia Management Group & Pacifica Hotels

By Sean Inoue, Red Cross Biomedical Services   The American Red Cross has been hard at work ensuring there is enough blood for patients during this ongoing crisis. However, we cannot do our work alone. Most blood drives take place because of generous partners in the community including schools, hospitals, community organizations, cities and other civic organizations. To thank them for their dedication and hard work in being partners,...

Delivering blood: A safe way to give back

Red Cross volunteer Michael Binkow told a version of this story on our “Close to the Vest: Alone/Together” livestream event. Full video below.   https://youtu.be/Il3xdqxKmLM Hi everybody. I’m going to tell a brief story about how I became interested in blood driving. I had trained as a blood driver about five years ago, because I thought it might be interesting and helpful to people and hospitals to deliver blood.  To be honest,...

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