Love is in the Air

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share the story of one of our very own staff members from the American Red Cross Nevada Region. Kirstin, who is the Fund Development Manager for the Nevada Region, and her husband, Drew, met in Okinawa, Japan while serving in the 44th Fighter Squadron of the United States Air Force. She was an intelligence officer and he was a pilot. They ended up getting married in Hawaii and are now raising a son. On May 29, Kirstin and Drew will celebrate their three year anniversary.

Kirstin and Drew share the bond of serving our great nation, but they also have ties to the special work done through the American Red Cross. For example, when Drew’s father unexpectedly passed away, the Red Cross provided the airfare for Drew to fly from Japan back to Illinois. “Still, I am surprised and thankful for the gift from the Red Cross,” said Drew. “They cared about someone they didn’t even know.”

Kirstin’s memories of the American Red Cross start with her father who also served in the military and later became a firefighter in Michigan where he worked for 30 years. “He told me stories of how the Red Cross would be there in blizzard conditions while he and his team were putting out fires,” Kirstin recalls. “They would bring his team coffee, donuts and hot chocolate.”

The Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program of the American Red Cross provides assistance to the men and women serving in the United States military as well as their families. Services include financial assistance, referral services, reconnection workshops and getting soldiers in touch with their families back home when an emergency comes up.

Kirstin wanted to get involved with SAF after leaving the Air Force. “The Red Cross has been very supportive of our military family situation, especially when Drew deployed for a year right after our son was born,” Kirstin said. She is now a Red Cross liaison at monthly family dinners of deployed soldiers.

This Valentine’s Day, find out more about the Services to the Armed Forces provided by the American Red Cross at

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5 Ways You Can Help Families Displaced By Disaster

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, we were thinking of ways that you could turn all that Valentine energy into helping families who need in help following a home fire. Whether your happily coupled or happily not or or unhappily either, you can brighten the day for a family in need by raising money.

1. Friend Auction – Have a single friend who’s up for anything? Set up a fundraiser page and auction a Valentine’s date with said friend and the largest donation wins!

2. Cupcake Fundraiser – Do you like to bake? Do people rave about your recipes? Why not make a couple dozen cupcakes that people can then give to their Valentine, and sell them. You’d be helping fill a gift-giving need, AND helping others at the same time. As Ina says, “How great is that?”

3. The Guessing Game – Let classmates or coworkers guess the amount of candy hearts or jelly beans in a jar for a donation. Winner gets the jar! They’ll share.

4. Going For A Dip? – They keep in the fridge, and they’re romantic. Chocolate covered strawberries are a hit with Valentines the world over. But what about their other fruit brethren? Sell some dipped bananas, melon, blueberries, apple of pineapple. Put them in a nice box or skewer. You can do it with dried fruit too!

5. Babysit For Someone’s Valentine’s Date – Staying home this year? Know someone who would like to go out? Offer to watch the kids while your friends have a romantic getaway.

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Make Valentine’s Day special AND start fundraising for families affected by disaster. Questions? Call Kirstin at 702-369-3674.

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American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at Regional Headquarters in Las Vegas, NV


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Sign Up for Advanced and Basic Babysitting Classes

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There is nothing more important than our children. The American Red Cross in southern Nevada is offering in-person classes for potential babysitters. Training programs offered by the Red Cross teach the skills needed to care for children, handle emergency situations and make good decisions. These courses not only give babysitters the skills but also guidance in how to react in an emergency situation.

The babysitting courses offered by the Red Cross at their Las Vegas office fall within two categories. Advanced courses are targeted towards young adults over the age of 16 and teach leadership skills and how to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. The advanced course is also a great resource for new parents and grandparents. This course also teaches life-saving skills. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a two-year certification in pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED. This 8-hour course is offered on February 15. Find more details or sign up for the Advanced Babysitter Class by clicking here.

The Red Cross also offers babysitting courses for youth. These courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care to children and infants. This training will teach participants leadership skills and basic child care. Participants also learn how to set up babysitting business models. The recommended age for this course is 11-15 years old. This is also an 8-hour course and is offered on February 16, 28 and on March 7. Details on the course and how to sign up can be found by clicking the following dates:

February 16 |February 28 | March 7

Students need to bring a lunch and any snacks they may want during the training session because there is no food available on site.

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Red Cross Calls For Wide Variety Of Donors To Meet Blood Demands

Many people make New Year’s resolutions. A little over a month into the New Year, some resolutions may now be flying out the window. The American Red Cross is offering a way to still make good on some of those promises. If you made a pledge to do something good for other people in 2015, the Red Cross wants to remind you that donating blood saves millions of lives, and a single donation can save up to 3 patients alone.

Bad weather conditions and the flu virus are keeping many regular donors from getting to their local blood drives. There is not only a lack of blood, but a lack of variation among blood types. Having a wide variety of blood on hand is important for hospitals to serve a diverse community like southern Nevada.

“Having a more diverse blood supply is essential,” said Scott Emmerson, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross. “Donors and patients are matched up not only by their blood type but also other markers found on the red blood cells. These markers, which make the blood unique, are usually found in donors from the same ethnicity as the patient.”

Members from all parts of the community are encouraged to donate blood. Having a wide variety of blood will help ensure southern Nevada’s hospitals are better equipped to save lives.

There are a number of different ways for you to give blood to the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada. You can search for the nearest place to donate blood by clicking the following link or download the American Red Cross Blood App for Android and iOS devices.

The following is a list of blood drives in southern Nevada for February:


2/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Green Valley Range, 175 Cassia Way

2/16/2015: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lowe’s, 1401 S Boulder Highway

2/21/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Family Doctors of Green Valley, 291 N. Pecos

2/28/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Smith’s Food and Drug – Valle Verde, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive

Las Vegas

2/4/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Summerlin Hospital, 657 Town Center Drive

2/5/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South

2/6/2015: 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Nevada Hand, 295 East Warm Springs, Suite 101

2/10/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Little Shop of Magic, 4160 S. Durango Dr., Suite 120

2/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

2/12/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First California Mortgage Company, 10777 W. Twain Ave, Suite 220

2/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, 5400 S Rainbow Blvd

2/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kaplan College, 3535 W. Sahara Ave

2/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow

2/21/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

2/23/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter, 1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste 206B

2/27/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., LINQ Hotel and Casino, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

2/27/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pinnacle Entertainment, 3980 Howard Hughes Parkway

2/27/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., LINQ Hotel and Casino, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

2/28/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave


2/20/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 West Old Mill Rd

North Las Vegas

2/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Highland Hills Stake, 3350 W Alexander Rd

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Kids Learn How to Be Prepared for Disaster with the Red Cross Pillowcase Project

In an emergency, people feel best when they have good information. Knowing what to do in times of emergency can give someone piece of mind. Kids especially are hungry for “why” something is happening, and teaching them how to react to an emergency prepares the whole family.

The Pillowcase Project is a 1 hour presentation available to kids in grades 3 – 5 to teach them how to be prepared for disasters that are most prevalent in their geographic location. The presentation is available for free through the American Red Cross regional offices, and is built for school groups as well as faith-based or private groups. No matter where the kids are, Red Cross volunteers come to teach them what they and their families should have on hand for an emergency, and what to do if they would ever need to evacuate.

The program also shows kids that there may be strange feelings of fear and dread during an emergency, so they talk about these feelings and are given tools so that they can recognize and try to control them.

The Pillowcase Project was created by the American Red Cross southeast Louisiana Chapter and implemented in New Orleans schools following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when New Orleans Chapter CEO Kay Wilkins learned that Loyola University students carried their valuables in pillowcases when they were evacuated preceding the hurricane.

Wilkins and her team worked with art therapists to create a program around decorating pillowcases for the children living in temporary communities around New Orleans during Katrina recovery. Soon, the Pillowcase Project became a preparedness education program for elementary school students. The program teaches children the science of hazards and how they are empowered to take action by practicing how to prepare for emergencies, and understanding that, by sharing what they’ve learned with their family and friends, they can help create a better prepared community.

The learning objectives include:

  • Use their knowledge to act as advocates for emergency preparedness in their homes and communities.
  • Identify the best ways to stay safe during emergencies that occur in their region.
  • Describe how coping skills can help manage stress during emergencies and in everyday situations.
  • Gain confidence in their abilities to be prepared for emergencies through hands-on activities
  • Create an enhanced sense of community through collaborative preparedness activities.
  • Discuss the role that science plays in emergency preparedness.
  • Communicate the work of the Red Cross to their community.

For more information, contact Lynn Rivera at 702-697-1710 or email her at .

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Red Cross Disaster Institute Starts January 22

It’s Disaster Institute Time!  Want to learn how to run a shelter or what is involved with disaster assessment?  These are just 2 of the classes being offered during our January Disaster Institute which runs from January 22nd until February 5th.  This is a great opportunity to find out what other positions do and learn a new skill.   To look at the offerings and sign up for a class go to volunteer connection and from the “my shifts’ tab scroll down to disaster training.

You can also download the schedule. 2015 Winter Disaster Training Institute Schedule_v4

If you’re not a Red Cross volunteer yet, call Christina Aberle at 702-531-0228 or email her at

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