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American Red Cross  Roll up a sleeve this summer! Make an appointment to give blood or platelets:

http://redcrossblood.org/

From our family to yours: Wishing you and yours a safe and peaceful #MemorialDay from our team in #Baghdad, #Iraq, where our #RedCross crew provides onsite support to the #military community station.

#RedCross #volunteers Tracy Eilmes and Desiree Mireles take time to facilitate The Pillowcase Project with children of #military families stationed at Yokosuka Naval Base, #Japan. The Pillowcase Project, designed for children in grades 3 through 5, teaches students how to be prepared for home fires and other local emergencies. Since 2014, the Red Cross has helped educate more than 810,000 children about #preparedness through the Home Fire Campaign. #endhomefires

What do Dawn, Robin and Michael all have in common? They've all rolled up a sleeve to help save lives. And we need your help, too! Summer is a difficult time to collect blood donations, but the constant need for blood and platelets does not change. As we kick off the unofficial start to #summer this #MemorialDay weekend, we welcome our valued volunteer donors and those who have never donated before to give the gift of life. Those who come to give blood or platelets from May 26-30 will receive a #RedCross visor (while supplies last). Click the link in our bio to make an appointment! #GiveBlood

Over the weekend, we held a dedication ceremony at our #RedCross office in Camp Arifjan #Kuwait in honor of First Lieutenant Travis Jordan, United States Air Force, who was an ardent advocate of the Red Cross and its mission to support the members of #military and #veteran communities. This ceremony also served to recognize the 136th anniversary of the American Red Cross. In the photo is the military master of ceremonies and Red Cross #volunteers made up of military personnel.

We witnessed a wonderful moment in Chetek, Wisconsin this week, even in the midst of tragedy. After a deadly #tornado tore through this community, many families were left in despair, searching for loved ones and digging through the rubble of their former homes. While local police and emergency responders were helping search through a mobile home park, they heard noises coming from a pile of debris which used to be the Rutledge family's unit. They soon discovered the family's smallest and furriest member. Nearly a whole day after the storm, Racer the #bunny was found and immediately surrounded by three generations of family love. The #RedCross is on the ground in #Wisconsin helping families like Racer's recover with food, water, shelter, relief supplies and support. If you or someone you know needs help after a #disaster, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org.

“We’ve been donating platelets to American #RedCross since 2013 & will have it no other way! It has become our ‘mommy/son bonding time,'” says Faye, about her special #tradition with her son, Daman. Tell us how you are honoring #mom this #MothersDay in the comments below.

We asked #migrants rescued from the #Mediterranean Sea, “Who is the first person you want to call when you get to land?” And each one of them, without fail, had the same answer: “My mom.” The migrants in this video nearly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, but were rescued and cared for by the #RedCross #RedCrescent and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (@moas_eu) In search of safety and a better life, they had boarded rubber rafts and wooden boats that put them in grave danger. Last year alone, more than 5,000 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted this journey. This year, the sea has already claimed more than 1,300 lives.
Many refugees displaced from their homes have been separated from their families. Through our free and confidential service, called Restoring Family Links, we work with people to search for and locate their loved ones #refugees #mothersday #mom #waterrescue 🎥 credit: Matthieu Willcocks and Jenelle Eli

Ashley Crow struggled to find the words to tell her story. Three generations of her family's household items were ruined by floodwaters that swept through Pocahontas, #Arkansas. Everything they owned, soaking wet and muddy, was piled up at the end of the driveway. As we spoke with Crow, a neighbor handed her grandmother a family picture she found in a nearby puddle. “You have no idea how precious this is to me,” Crow sobbed. “I have very little to remember them by.” Crow and her family were told to immediately evacuate their home on May 1 as the #flood waters began to rapidly rise. When they were finally able to safely return home days later, they were shocked to see their home and all of their belongings covered in mud and water. “We are very thankful that the American Red Cross has been bringing us cold water and snacks as we clean this all up. #Volunteers also encouraged us to go to the community shelter for our meals. The food was very good and given to us at no cost. It was so nice to be able to sit down to a nice hot meal and rest for a few minutes.” 📸 by Walt Palmer

Last weekend, 82 of the #ChibokGirls boarded an aircraft in Nigeria to finally be reunited with their families and loved ones. The @ICRC—acting as a neutral intermediary—helped bring them back.
The Red Cross often acts as a neutral intermediary, which means teams cross front-lines to bring food and medicine to people on either side; facilitate the exchange of prisoners of war; bring water and electricity where fighting is ongoing; and visit detainees. #redcross #redcrescent #nigeria #bringbackourgirls

Did you know? #RedCrescent volunteers in #Iraq bake tens of thousands of loaves of bread every day for people displaced by conflict. #RedCrossDay

American #RedCross Volunteer Bailey Moir surveys the damage in her hometown of #Canton, Texas after tornadoes swept through this past weekend. Moir watches as people sort through their belongings in the rubble, as she prepares to help her father do the same at his home nearby.
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#May is historically the peak month for #tornadoes, and this year we’ve already seen devastating weather across multiple states. We’re currently on the ground in #Missouri, #Illinois, #Arkansas, #Oklahoma, #Texas and #Kansas providing communities with safe places to stay. For information on how to get or give help, click the link in our bio. #wx 📸: Dan Halyburton/ Red Cross

April is #MonthoftheMilitaryChild! The #RedCross is proud to serve and support the members of our military and their families as they work to serve our nation at home and abroad. Thank you to all of our active duty #military service members for your courage, service and selfless sacrifice.

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