Lifeguard shortage threatens full opening of Chicago beaches and pools this summer
It's the official start of beach season and the city is facing a severe, widespread lifeguard shortage that could result in closed beaches and pools this year. Chicago Park District officials say because of the pandemic, there were a shortage of American Red Cross trainings that are needed for hiring. But recruitment efforts also could be hampered because of a lifeguard sex abuse scandal last fall.chicagotribune.com
American Red Cross awards Alicia McAllister-Daniels as ‘2022 Medical Hero’
After losing her husband to suicide due to the toll the pandemic took on healthcare workers, Alicia McAllister-Daniels is focusing her life on ways to help others who struggle with mental health issues. Because of that, the American Red Cross considers her to be a local hero.
‘This is a gut-wrenching scene.’ How to help victims of the Surfside condo collapse
As news of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside spread across the nation, organizations began efforts to support victims who were forced out of their homes in the wee hours of the morning with little to nothing.news.yahoo.com
Junior League of Roanoke Valley and Red Cross partnering for blood drive
ROANOKE, Va. – The Red Cross has a crucial need for blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic and a Roanoke service organization is doing what it can to fill the gap. Junior League of the Roanoke Valley is partnering with the Red Cross of Southwest Virginia for a blood drive at the latter’s Church Avenue headquarters on Saturday. In addition to donating blood, the Red Cross can also test blood for COVID-19 antibodies, which indicate if the donor has contracted COVID-19. Junior League Executive Vice President-elect Jessie Coffman hopes people jump at the chance to be selfless with their health. “My mom is a nurse and my husband had several lung transfusions as a child, so I understand the need,” Coffman said.
Immigrant teens to be housed at Dallas convention center
FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a leaning sign sits in front of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. “There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”Texas Gov. The memo sent to Dallas City Council members says the Federal Emergency Management Agency and HHS will “be responsible for providing shelter management and contracts” for food, security, cleaning, and medical care at the convention center. Dallas previously offered space to HHS during the 2014 surge of crossings of immigrant children. HHS also has said it will house immigrant youths in Midland.
How the Red Cross is helping Texans in need
How the Red Cross is helping Texans in need Power has been restored to most of Texas, but now a water crisis is underway. Roughly a quarter of the state's population is under a "boil-water advisory." The rolling power outages caused pipes to burst in homes and shut down water treatment plants. Dan Halyburton, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, joins CBSN to discuss how his organization is providing aid to those affected by this deadly winter weather.cbsnews.com
Do you suspect you’ve had COVID-19? Here’s an easy way to get an antibody test and confirm
I’d heard rumblings that you could give blood through the American Red Cross, and they’d test your blood for antibodies. Worth mentioning: The Red Cross says it’s a perfectly safe time to donate, despite COVID-19. How to interpret your resultsMine said: “COVID-19 Test Result: NEGATIVE.” And I blanked for a second, as in, “Negative? Learn more about COVID-19 antibody testing.” (It’s like the Red Cross knows that we’re not all health experts). The Red Cross could use your donation one way or the other.
One person hospitalized after Roanoke County house fire
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATEAs of 11 a.m., the person is still in the hospital after a fire early Monday in Roanoke County. Authorities say the structure is a total loss with an estimated value of $108,000. ORIGINAL STORYOne person has been hospitalized after a house fire in Roanoke County, according to the county’s fire and rescue department. The person inside made it out safely and went to Roanoke County Public Safety Building #10 on Bradshaw Road to report the fire, officials say. The house is a total loss, according to the department.
Red Cross testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies to help save lives
ROANOKE, Va. – Donating blood to help patients battling COVID-19 is now easier than ever. The American Red Cross is now testing all blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies. If those people do have antibodies, then the Red Cross will test the blood a second time to see if there are enough antibodies to give to patients in the hospital fighting COVID-19. The Red Cross can take the plasma from that blood without needing donors to come back in and donate again. The Red Cross says blood donors save lives and now you can help save even more.
Southwest Virginia Red Cross recognizes volunteers hard work over the past year
ROANOKE, Va. – On Tuesday night American Red Cross volunteers in Roanoke were honored for their tireless dedication to the community. These volunteers have been manning blood drives, responding to natural disasters and helping in little ways too. Jackie Grant is the executive director of the local Red Cross Chapter and said sometimes recognition just can’t wait until next year. Many of the volunteers received awards for their service. All they had to do was open their cars and awards were put right in their back seats.
Roanoke family urges Black people to donate blood amidst shortage
ROANOKE, Va. – A Roanoke family is asking for help to meet the urgent need for more blood donations from Black people. Nicole Ross and Tommy Page's oldest son died from sickle cell anemia. With one son’s memory and two others' ongoing battle, they’re pushing for Black people to donate blood. Donations are now lower than ever because of the coronavirus pandemic, leading the Red Cross to issue an urgent need for Black blood donors. The Red Cross is holding a blood drive in Roanoke specifically targeting to help sickle cell patients on Sept. 29 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Red Cross issues urgent need for Black blood donors
ROANOKE, Va. – The Red Cross is sounding the alarm this Sickle Cell Awareness Month about what they call a critically-low supply of blood from Black donors. According to the Red Cross, about 100,000 people in the U.S. are living with sickle cell disease. Those patients are more likely to find a compatible blood match from a donor who is Black. Black blood donations have dropped significantly, going from more than 15,000 at school drives in 2019 to only 2,700 this year. A blood drive to help sickle cell patients is happening at the Red Cross office in Roanoke on Sept. 29 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Coronavirus complicates wildfire evacuations on West Coast
Volunteers wearing disposable masks walked from group to group, taking down their information and asking what they need for the days ahead. Normally, they'd be gathering in school gymnasiums and meeting halls, sleeping on cots and eating at buffet lines, all provided by organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other faith and community groups. When possible, displaced residents are sent to hotels instead of group shelters. In group shelters, staffers are using plastic pipes strung with clear shower curtains to separate evacuees but allow them to see out from their own socially distanced areas. In Oregon, group shelters are set up at churches, colleges and community buildings, while malls, golf courses and other businesses opened parking for evacuees who can stay in recreational vehicles.
Coronavirus restrictions could lead to U.S. blood shortage in two weeks: blood banks group
In addition, we are seeing a significant decrease in people coming to blood centers to donate blood. Blood banks in Washington state experienced a shortage earlier this month that required other blood centers to ship blood from outside the region, and supplies in New York state also dipped. The American Red Cross also raised the alarm about blood shortages, saying it expects the number of cancellations to continue to increase. Coronavirus is not transmissible via transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross said Americans can schedule an appointment to give blood at RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. may see blood shortages as coronavirus cancels office blood drives
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. blood banks are concerned about potential shortages as Americans concerned about catching the new coronavirus avoid donation sites and companies with employees working from home cancel blood drives. Blood has a short shelf life, so its not like we can stockpile it.Most blood centers try to keep an inventory of a three-day supply, according to the AABB. Finson said 60% of Bloodworks Northwests blood is from mobile blood drives, and the push to have people work from home has resulted in many being canceled. He is encouraging individuals and sponsors of blood drives to schedule appointments and keep their commitments, and that blood banks around country can continue to shift supply to where it is needed. In Seattle, Finson said donations picked up over the weekend, but on Tuesday, Bloodworks Northwest was around 140 short of its 1,000 donor-per-day target.feeds.reuters.com
'Terminator: Dark Fate' red carpet premiere canceled due to wildfires
LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Paramount Pictures and Skydance have canceled the red carpet premiere for its new film "Terminator: Dark Fate" due to wildfires impacting Los Angeles. "In light of the ongoing, active fires being battled in the area, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have canceled tonight's Los Angeles premiere of 'Terminator: Dark Fate,'" a statement provided to CNN said. "We will be donating food intended for the after-party to the American Red Cross, which is serving those affected by the fires." On Monday morning, the Getty Fire, located on the west side of the busy 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, affected neighborhoods known for their high-value homes and celebrity residents. "Terminator: Dark Fate" is the latest film in the franchise that began in 1984.
American Red Cross announces critical blood shortage
ROANOKE, Va. - There is a critical blood shortage in the U.S., and the American Red Cross is asking people to donate blood and platelets. The Red Cross said that donations drop during the summer. "There are fewer blood drives scheduled and more people on vacation and really not thinking about giving blood at that time," said Jackie Grant, the executive director of the American Red Cross in Roanoke. The Red Cross needs a five-day supply. The Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors of all types, especially O.
Report highlights Red Cross aid failures in Haiti
Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross raised close to 500 million dollars and promised to help rebuild the country's communities. A new report by ProPublica and NPR unearth a number of confidential memos and insider accounts that stand in sharp contrast to the public picture painted by the organization. CBSN spoke to co-author of the report, Justin Elliott.cbsnews.com