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...

Heroes in waiting: Red Cross volunteers in Arcadia

By René Amy, Red Cross LA volunteer It's kind of strange to think that sometimes, the best way to help is by doing nothing at all -- although not in the way that most would expect. Sometimes, just sitting and waiting to help can make a big difference, as demonstrated by the volunteer workers at the American Red Cross’ recent evacuation point at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Hundreds of thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents received a...

Volunteers Assisting Throughout California with Wildfire Relief Efforts

By Digital Communications Manager, Ashley Henyan Right now, as many as 17 deadly wildfires are burning across California, threatening lives, homes and businesses. Overnight, at least 2,200 people sought refuge from wildfires in 32 Red Cross and community shelters across the state. The Red Cross is also providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents. The fires have already burned more than 110,000 acres and...

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