Make safety a priority as you drive home today

WinterSafetyAfter a long day of work or school, we understand that the first thing on your mind is getting home as quickly as possible because you have a lot you need to do once you get home. But please keep in mind that it is crucial to slow down and take your time during inclement weather.

Additionally, please keep in mind that it is not worth the risk to possibly arrive home a few minutes earlier. Although you have numerous responsibilities at home, a few minutes to ensure the safety of you and those who share the road with you is time well spent.

Here are some tips to help you get home safely today:
• Leave space between you and the car in front of you because you may have to stop at a moment’s notice and the roads could be slippery.
• Turn your cellphone off and put it away. We know it can be hard to do. But the safety of yourself and others is more important than answering texts or phone calls. It may also be helpful to let people know before you head out that you will be driving and you will get back to them when you arrive home.
• Be especially careful when driving on a ramp, bridge or overpass as all of these freeze before roadways do.
• Do not use cruise control as this feature is unsafe to use when roads are wet or icy.

We hope you will find these tips helpful, and we would like to remind you to pay close attention to the road as you drive home today. Please be safe!

Josh and Maddie celebrate 8th birthday by putting others first

??????????While many kids are always thinking about what they want for their birthdays, Josh and Maddie decided that focusing on others would be the best way to spend their eighth birthday.

They told party guests not to buy anything for them.
But instead, they asked each person to make a donation to the American Red Cross because they wanted to help make a difference in the world.

They were both proud to announce that they were able to raise $300 from all of the donations that were made by family and friends for their eighth birthday.

But Josh said that he still plans to continue to raise more money to help those affected by disasters.
In fact, his goal for this year is to raise $500 by shoveling snow or running a lemonade stand on his block once summer comes around.

We cannot say thank you enough to Josh and Maddie for their generous donation to the American Red Cross and for being an inspiration to us and others.

Be prepared for first aid emergencies in 2015

cprThe American Red Cross is offering 50 Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED courses during the month of January to help you be prepared for the year ahead. 

The class incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age, adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

 To register for a class in your area, please call 1-800-RED CROSS. Advance registration is required.

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month by Making a Lifesaving Donation

sleeves upJanuary is National Blood Donor Month. This year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with the Sleeves Up virtual blood drive.

Sleeves Up is a first-of-its-kind website that lets you create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members to give blood or platelets, or make a financial donation – no matter where they are located across the country.

Creating a Sleeves Up campaign is a simple four-step process:
• Create an account at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp or log in with an existing Facebook or Twitter account.
• Personalize the campaign with video, pictures or your personal story.
• Set a goal and time frame for the campaign.
• Invite others to join the campaign via email or social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. The winter months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations and seasonal illnesses, which can prevent some donors from making or keeping appointments to give.

Blood donors with all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are needed to ensure blood is available for patients. If you haven’t made a donation appointment yet for 2015, do it now at redcrossblood.org. Then, check out SleevesUp and invite others to join you in making a lifesaving donation.

Have a rewarding year by volunteering with the American Red Cross

Are you still trying to figure out how you can make 2015 more rewarding than 2014?

Volunteering with the American Red Cross will give you the opportunity to make new friends and the time you spend helping your local Red Cross Chapter will impact your community.

Some of the opportunities that are offered include helping with Red Cross events, joining the Volunteer Services team and so much more.

We know your time might be limited; however, all of the positions are flexible so we can develop a schedule that is the best fit for you.

If you’re ready to volunteer, you can click here to begin your journey with the Red Cross.

Still feeling unsure about dedicating time to volunteering? Check out the amazing experiences that our volunteers have had by clicking here.

We hope you enjoyed the holidays! And we would look forward to having you join the Red Cross for a rewarding 2015!

This holiday season, make safety a priority for you and your family

travel safety

We know you might be in a rush to get ready for the holidays. There is never as much time as you need to shop for gifts or groceries, prepare meals for holiday parties and clean or decorate your home.

But please remember the safety of yourself and others should always be your first priority.

Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Prepare your vehicle for travel. Build an emergency kit and include items such as blankets, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, compass and road maps, shovel, tire repair kit and pump, extra clothing, and flares.
  • Drive safely. As much as you may want to be at a holiday party, it’s best to not leave home during a storm. If you must travel, let someone know where you are going, the route you’re taking to get there, and when you expect to arrive. Not only is it polite, but this way someone will know to check on you if you have not arrived by a certain time.
  • Travel safely. Check the air pressure in your tires and make sure you have windshield fluid. Be well rested and alert. Give your full attention to the road – avoid distractions such as cell phones. If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Puruse a New Career for the New Year

Nurse Asst.

Starting in 2015, make yourself a priority by investing your time in pursuing a new career. By registering for the American Red Cross Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program, you will have the opportunity to leave feeling confident about the next step in your life.

Do not wait to apply for the program as there are a limited number of scholarships available for qualified candidates, which were made possible through the generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program has been offered for more than 25 years. The customized four week program, which only requires a total of 120 hours, meets federal and state standards.

If you could see yourself providing care to others, then the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program will be a great fit for you.

For more information, please call 313-576-4120 or visit redcross.org/mi/detroit.

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