A look back at Red Cross at the Rose Parade

by Roxanne Schorbach, Red Cross volunteer https://youtu.be/l-XF_EeSkDo   My name is Roxanne Schorbach and I’ve been a Red Cross volunteer since 1986. I got involved with Red Cross first aid stations and the world-famous Rose Parade in 2009.   Looking back through the last 9 months of 2020 and all that has changed, the reality of not having a Rose Parade has finally sunk in. The Rose Parade has been an annual event since 1891,...

We wait on the wind

By Jillian Robertson, Red Cross communicator  Red Crosser Yesenia Miranda Meza did not know the impact she would have, as she comforted a woman forced to evacuate her home during the Getty Fire in late October 2019. The woman, Betsey Landis, had come to the Red Cross shelter at Westwood Recreation Center as high winds continued to whip through the burn zone, raising concerns that one of the gusts would cause the fire to continue to...

Exit Interview with Regional Disaster Officer, Joselito Garcia-Ruiz

Red Cross Communications Lead Specialist Marilyn Jimenez interviewed Regional Disaster Officer Joselito Garcia-Ruiz about his pending retirement, his career at the Red Cross and stories that stuck with him throughout his 30 years at the organization. Interview has been condensed for clarity and is also available in Spanish.    Good afternoon, Joselito. Thank you for taking a moment to share your American Red Cross experience with us....

Healing power of music amid a wildfire

By Debi Moraza, Red Cross volunteer  The Bobcat Fire started quickly and grew rapidly. While it initially stayed in the mountain pass, one turn of the wind brought the threat closer to families and homes forcing an evacuation order.   The evacuation orders for the Arcadia foothills were stressful – families were forced to leave the comfort and security of their homes and head into the unknown.   In addition to providing the...

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