By John Lindner American Red Cross volunteer Janet Rogoff loves books. For over 40 years, she and her husband have dealt in rare books, specializing
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By Debbi Behrman Giving blood is one of the most personal things someone can do. And it’s something that American Red Cross blood donor and volunteer Nancy Houghton
“Showing kindness and getting help to people that need it without regard to anything else – that is how I was brought up.”
After twice evacuating her home for days during major wildfires, and living through several more evacuation warnings, you’d better believe Kathryn Hecht has a plan for the upcoming fire season.
Cathy is one of a small but mighty group of blood donors across the country who are often referred to as “Heroes for Babies.” Without these special blood donors, sick babies would not receive the lifesaving blood transfusions they desperately need.
Navy veteran Michael Ocaranza awoke to flames engulfing his apartment. He had just enough time to grab his dog, Sparky, and race out the door as fire licked around his head.
Local first responders, Concord Police Department , CERT Ready volunteers and the Red Cross met with residents of the Clayton Villa Apartments in Concord to go over home fire prevention and safety training.
Susan is feeding survivors once more. “I don’t want there to be more fires,” she says. “But I can’t wait to do more work.”
“When something wells up inside of you, it spurs within your soul or heart. We’re here to help each other. I wanted to give back.”
Because of the generosity of blood donors giving a part of themselves, Brandi is alive today.
If Irene Johnson could live her life to perfection, she would be guided by the Seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. “The principles really resonated with me. I really do believe in the Red Cross mission,” she said.
Penny’s soul satisfaction from her compassion calls to military families might stem from her former personal experience, too. She has been on the other end of those phone calls more than once.
Ashley Koenig recently learned that her American Red Cross volunteer work as a teenager helped save the lives of a family of six.
As the pandemic wears on, research shows that more people want to help those in need. This month, we celebrate this humanitarian spirit during Red Cross Month and ask others to join us.
“I’ve been fortunate in my life, and there are a lot of people who haven’t been,” says Andy. “I’m glad for the opportunity to give back.”
Silicon Valley volunteer Liz Dietz has done a little bit (read: a lot) of everything during a 40-year Red Cross career that would make Clara Barton proud.
In the Central Coast Chapter, perhaps no volunteer epitomizes a can-do, joyful spirit more than Tiki Dellamora, who was recently honored with the organization’s prestigious Clara Barton Award.
In response to the evacuation of some 15,000 people last week in the Central Coast area due to dangerously wet and windy storms in Northern California, Red Cross volunteers have been working to support to those in need.
“When you’re trained and your staff is trained, it should run like clockwork. It should be like a well-rehearsed dance.”
“What would we do without Kevin? He is the silent backbone of Marin Red Cross.”
After speaking with Dave Dorman for 30 minutes, you might wonder if he does anything else outside of the Red Cross. He’s a self-described “semi-full-time volunteer.” This same unwavering dedication earned him the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award.