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Save the Date and Nominate

Heroes Breakfast Flyer 2015 V2Do you know a community hero?

The American Red Cross, East Georgia Chapter will be hosting the annual Heroes Breakfast at 7 a.m. on May 6, 2015  at the Athens First United Methodist Church. 

The American Red Cross recognizes that ordinary people and professionals living within Northeast Georgia often commit lifesaving acts within their communities. At the breakfast, the American Red Cross will honor local heroes who live within Northeast Georgia.

To nominate a hero or purchase a table at the event please contact Laura Allen at laura.allen3@redcross.org or 706-353-1645.

We hope that you will join us in this celebration! Save the date and nominate today!

October Blood Services Update

Not only has October finally arrived, but it is also officially Liver Awareness Month. Blood donors are crucial in helping patients who potentially need a liver transplant due to liver disease. Liver transplants are the second most common transplants performed in the United States and many patients may need more than 30 pints of blood during the procedure. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for transfusion patients, so please consider giving blood with the Red Cross.

The Red Cross Blood Donor App is now available for your smart phone. The app helps individuals to locate a blood drive, schedule and manage appointments, get awards, invite family and friends to join a team, and complete a survey. Text “BLOODAPP” to 90999 for link to download the app or visit redcrossblood.org/bloodapp.

During October, those who attempt to give blood or platelets will be entered into a drawing to win a $5,000 Visa gift card on behalf of Suburban Propane’s “Fuel Your Community” promotion. Students who host winter blood drives through the Red Cross will be given a chance to win a college scholarship though the Leaders Saves Lives programs. Student coordinators must be 16 to 24 years old and enrolled in school. Each coordinator must collect at least 25 pints of blood at a drive between Dec. 15, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2015. Students could win a scholarship up to $2,500 and a gift card up to $200. Visit redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives for more information.

Fright Flight 5k is Approaching!

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The East Georgia Red Cross is proud to present the first ever Fright Flight 5K! Participants of all ages are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes to run this trail race in Athens.

Join us on October 25 at the UGA intramural trails and dress up to compete in the costume contest (costume not required to run). There will be festive decorations, face painting and of course, candy! Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

Early registrants will receive a t-shirt, and group rates are available. Register HERE. 

Prizes will include top three women, top three men, best individual costume and best group costume.

$25 early registration
$30 same day registration
$22 group rate for six or more runners

See you there!

International Relief Update

Amidst devastating current events throughout the world, the Red Cross has been at work responding to thousands of people in need around the globe:

  • Ebola outbreak  – As the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history continues to devastate Western Africa, the American Red Cross is supporting localized efforts with both financial and staffing support. Remote volunteers are providing remote mapping and information management in the region, which are printed out and consulted by health teams every day, as well as loaded onto relief workers’ GPS devices.
  • Victims in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza – Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers in Occupied Palestine Territories and Israel are helping people in need. Israel’s Magen David Adom and the Palestine Red Crescent are providing aid to the victims of airstrikes, rocket firings, and other hostilities. Two Palestine Red Cross volunteers have lost their lives while providing humanitarian aid this past weekend. 
  • Crisis in Iraq –The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has been active in 14 governorates in response to the displacement caused by armed conflict in Iraq that began on June 10. IRCS has been one of the main providers of assistance to the estimated 447,000 displaced persons and has 4,000 active volunteers providing relief aid. IRCS has been providing food, water and other items to individuals and families as well as longer-term support to communities.

100 Days of Summer Campaign

As temperatures rise well into the 90s, it is safe to say that summer has officially arrived. With summer comes the excitement of family vacations, afternoons by the pool, camps, and many other outdoor activities and getaways. However, through these fun-filled months the American Red Cross continues to work to provide relief to those in need. In the past, the summer has been characterized by a decline in blood donations and fundraising as many tend to deviate from their traditional routines to enjoy the weather and spend time with loved ones. Unfortunately, patients need blood every two seconds and families are affected by disasters, particularly house fires, every eight minutes.

Because of the ever-present need for donated blood and financial gifts, the American Red Cross started the 100 Days of Summer Campaign on Sunday, May 25, that will continue until Monday, September 1. This campaign was established to remind our donors to stay involved during the summer months. Each day, the Red Cross will cover a different event or story of a person affected by a donation. There are three main ways that you can actively participate in this campaign:

1. Donate blood

2. Host a blood drive

3. Make a financial donation

Through your donations, you can help to save lives and provide relief to those who need it most — what a great way to spend your summer! To locate the blood drive closest to you or to learn more about how to host a blood drive, please visit redcrossblood.org/100days.



Southeast Disaster Relief & Deployment Update


More than 3,000 homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged by tornadoes or floods since the end of April. Red Cross workers have been meeting with people across the 10 states that have been affected by the disasters. Workers have been helping individuals with recovery plants, paper work and locating help from other agencies. Currently over 1,700 cases have been opened to support affected families and individuals.

Current recovery efforts include building on the food, shelter, relief supplies and support that the Red Cross provided immediately after the disasters struck. Because of the weather, more than 1,900 trained Red Cross workers and 78 emergency vehicles were sent to give help to the communities most affected. So far, workers have had handed out around 100,000 relief items and 220,000 meals and snacks, in addition to other resources. Some of the workers are from the East Georgia area.

Kathy and Bob Coker of Oconee County are members of the Greene, Morgan, Oconee DAT Team. They recently went to Arkansas to help tornado victims by providing disaster relief items such as comfort kits with personal toiletry items and clean-up kits for flood or storm work. Bob is currently deployed in Pensacola, Fla., another area greatly affected by the spring storms. Kathy continues to provide relief for Pensacola through online casework.

Laura Gutsmann of Barrow County is the co-captain of the Barrow, Walton DAT Team. Since April, Laura has traveled to Kansas to aid tornado relief efforts.

Betty and Skip Matson of Walton County are also members of the Barrow, Walton DAT Team. They devoted their time and efforts to natural disaster relief in Alabama. Betty and Skip are only two of more than 300 Red Cross workers who served on the ground in Alabama providing shelter, meals, supplies and hope.

Although the storms have passed, the job of the Red Cross is never over. As volunteers aid victims of the recent storms in recovery, others are helping to better prepare communities for future disasters. The Red Cross estimates that it will spend over $5.2 million towards relief across 10 states. The organization has received nearly $2 million towards designated donations and pledges as of May 15. Donations may be made to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Fundraising Update for Miss Sorority Row

Fundraising Update for Miss Sorority Row

Thank you to Delta Sigma Phi for their spring fundraising efforts that netted $12,180 for Red Cross disaster services. On Feb. 5, the fraternity held its 11th annual “Miss Sorority Row” pageant. As part of the fraternity’s fundraising efforts, the pageant raised more than $11,000, becoming their most successful event yet. Congratulations to Delta Sigma Phi for their fundraising efforts for the Red Cross and thank you for all you do!