Wildfires couldn’t cut off these Red Crossers

Red Cross Community Outreach Specialist Patty Madera told a version of this story on our “Close to the Vest: Alone/Together” livestream event. Full video below.  Thank you for having me. My name is Patty Madera. I'm very excited to tell my story. We've all done such great things to support the community this year, and I'm excited to be able to share that with you.   One opportunity I was given during this quarantine and this pandemic...

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...

Paying it forward: One man’s journey after the Bobcat Fire

By Helen Brooks, Red Cross volunteer  There are times in your life when you come across a person who has a genuine soulfulness about them. Ronnie Gains is one such person. I spoke with Ronnie on the phone following his experience evacuating from the Bobcat Fire.   Ronnie lives in Pearblossom, a community in the Antelope Valley with a population of just 2,435 people. After the evacuation order was announced for his...

Casey Affleck discovers why our volunteers have been VIPs during CZU Fire

By Megan Erk, Red Cross volunteer  As a long-time Red Cross volunteer and disaster responder, I have seen first-hand the impact disasters have on individuals, families, first responders and entire communities. Although the resulting devastation and loss are unbearable, natural disasters can also bring out the best in people who step forward to help in any way they can.  Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck and his friend Brian Nichols...

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