Puruse a New Career for the New Year

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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.

Help Save Lives with The Kroger Co. of Michigan

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The American Red Cross is proud to partner with The Kroger Co. of Michigan to help boost the blood supply on critical days during the holidays and “give back” to the blood donors who give so much.

Make an appointment and come to donate blood on Dec. 24, 2014 or Dec. 31, 2014, and you will receive a $20 gift card from The Kroger Co. of Michigan, while supplies last (not redeemable for cash).

To make an appointment to donate blood, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The offer is available at the following locations:

December 24, 2014 Community Blood Drives:

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1500 N. Opdyke Road, Auburn Hills
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Great Lakes Athletic Club
3800 Baldwin Road, Orion Township
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express
48953 Alpha Drive, Wixom
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Dearborn Inn
20301 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn
8 a.m. – 2 p.m

The Westin – Southfield
1500 Town Center, Southfield
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

YMCA – Farmington Branch
28100 Farmington Road, Farmington
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

December 30, 2014 Community Blood Drives:

Great Lakes Athletic Club
3800 Baldwin Road, Orion Township
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Macomb Christian Church
13845 Twenty- Two Mile Road, Shelby Township
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Westin – Southfield
1500 Town Center in Southfield
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers in Southeastern Michigan:

Ann Arbor Blood Donation Center
4624 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, 48108
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Berkley Blood Donation Center
28105 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, 48072
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bloomfield Blood Donation Center
4190 S. Telegraph Road, Bloomfield, 48302
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Farmington Hills Blood Donation Center
31150 Haggerty Rd, Farmington Hills, 48331
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Livonia Blood Donation Center
36650 Five Mile Road, Livonia, 48154
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Port Huron Blood Donation Center
615 Pine Street, Port Huron, 48060
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Riverview Blood Donation Center
14031 Pennsylvania, Riverview, 48193
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

South Macomb Blood Donation Center
13260 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, 48089
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Give Something that Means Something

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During this busy Holiday shopping season, it can be stressful to have to map out time to shop at multiple stores to find something for a loved one who seems to have it all.

This year, relieve your stress with the American Red Cross 2014 Holiday Gift Catalog. The catalog offers gifts of real hope for people in need, and you can give them in honor of anyone on your Holiday list!

As an added bonus, you will not have the stress of wrapping gifts. You will be able to enjoy the true spirit of giving; knowing that the money you spent this Christmas went toward fulfilling a need.

To help make your decisions easier, here’s a list of some of our favorites from the 2014 holiday gift catalog:

• Looking for $25 gift ideas? Make a donation in your loved one’s name that will provide 5 blankets to help keep families warm this holiday season. Or you could make a donation in your loved one’s name that will provide vaccinations for 25 children.

• Looking for $50 gift ideas? Make a donation in your loved one’s name that will provide a full day of emergency shelter for one person. Or you could make a donation in your loved one’s name that will provide a family with a $50 emergency gift card to go toward paying for groceries.

Check out the entire Red Cross 2014 holiday gift catalog here to think about more gift ideas for your loved ones.

We hope you are having a great week, and we wish you the best of luck with your holiday shopping!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!



Whether you are a pro at cooking Thanksgiving dinner or you just signed up for the position, please remember that every player needs to be prepared for the unexpected to happen.

The Red Cross would like to share these tips to help every player prepare for the day:

1) Don’t disappoint your team by forgetting to follow the rules. So keep an eye on your speed as you travel to your destination.
2) Remember your teammates are likely to be as tired as you are during the day. Be sure to stop when necessary to give everyone a chance to rest and regroup.
3) Be kind to those who aren’t on your team as aggression won’t lead you to victory. Don’t drive too close to other vehicles even though you might be in a hurry.

Besides these tips, all players in charge of cooking the turkey should keep these tips in mind to avoid any injuries to themselves or others and to ensure a happy Thanksgiving:

1)  Never leave the field without getting a teammate to take your place. You should never leave the turkey unattended at any point while it’s cooking. If you need to leave to do something else, be sure to have someone watch over the turkey for you.
2) Remember your fans (your children) should be cheering you on from the sidelines. It’s important to keep children away from the cooking area to avoid having to factor first aid into your Thanksgiving plan. Be sure to download the Red Cross First Aid App to be prepared for any mishaps.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Red Cross!

American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood to help liver transplant patients


October is Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross is encouraging people to focus on liver health.

Liver transplants are the second most frequent type of organ transplant. According to the American Liver Foundation, there are more than 6,000 liver transplants performed annually in the United States.

When disease necessitates a liver transplant, patients typically require multiple transfusions during surgery. You can help them by committing to being a regular blood donor. To make an appointment to donate blood or to learn more about the blood donation process, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

To help prevent liver disease, the American Liver Foundation recommends limiting alcohol intake, managing medications appropriately, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and refraining from smoking.

For more information, we would like to encourage you to visit liverfoundation.org.


Evans Lucas shares his Red Cross story

Evans Lucas has been volunteering with the American Red Cross for nine years. During his journey with the Red Cross, he said he has been able to help so many people during their time of need.

He added that you never know how much help is needed until you are out assisting in your community. And he said there is no feeling greater than knowing you can help someone else remain hopeful during a difficult time.

“It is really a great feeling to know you are able to help others,” Lucas said. “Once you start helping, you realize how much of a difference you can make in one person’s life and you also realize how essential the assistance is that the Red Cross provides to residents who have lost nearly everything they own in a fire.”

He said anyone who has time to spare should consider volunteering with the Red Cross because you will get so much out of the experience and you will walk away knowing you made a huge difference in your community by just being there when help was needed.

Lucas added that volunteering with the Red Cross might even encourage more people to get involved in helping their communities. Lucas said, “People will see you making a difference in the community and they will want to find out more about how they can help.”

We hope this story inspires you to start your Red Cross journey soon if you have not already. And we would like to encourage you to give us a call at 313-576-4185 to learn about the many different volunteer positions that we have available.

Give blood to honor our heroes at the 13th Annual Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive

13th Annual Palace Blood DriveYou can honor our heroes by giving blood at the 13th Annual Palace of Auburn Hills Blood Drive!

The American Red Cross will be at the Palace from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

Come to donate blood and you will receive a Detroit Pistons pre-season ticket voucher (while supplies last). In addition, you will be able to enter to win a golf trip – which includes travel for two on the Detroit Pistons private team plan and 18 holes of golf at Treetops Golf Club in Gaylord, Michigan – plus there will be chances to win sports memorabilia!

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: palace to make an appointment.

You will need to bring a blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification with you to present at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (or 16 years of age and have parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be able to donate blood. 


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