Lending a Heart and a Helping Hand for the Holidays

By Los Angeles Region CEO, Jarrett Barrios In Los Angeles, we are quite relieved to have the Rye, Creek and Skirball wildfires in our rearview mirror. At the height of our response efforts, we opened and staffed five shelters, providing nearly 350 overnight stays and over 3,800 meals and snacks for affected residents. After it was safe to return home, our teams of volunteers headed out into the most heavily impacted neighborhoods, distributing...

Our Season of Hope

By Los Angeles Region CEO, Jarrett Barrios The past week’s dramatic wildfires across southern California have now consumed over 250,000 acres. That’s an area of land larger than New York City and Boston combined!  The largest among them, the Thomas Fire, continues to spread with only 15% containment. Burning 230,000 acres by itself, this fire is now the fifth-largest blaze in California history. Despite increases in containment, some...

Red Cross Assistance is for Everyone

By Ted Horton-Billard As I am now assigned to help with the disaster relief operation due to the current wildfires raging across Southern California, I have been reflecting on my deployment experience at the Northern California Wildfires, last month. During the northern CA wildfires, I had two placements with the Red Cross. The first was as part of the Shelter Support Team (SST), a new group being developed, where we visited shelters, checked...

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