Many Opportunities to Donate Blood in Southern Nevada This July!

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Blood Donation at the Oakland Blood Center Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Southern California Donor Centers and Blood Processing Services 2012

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Las Vegas

7/2/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Southwest Medical Associates, 2300 West Charleston Blvd.

7/2/2015: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Southwest Medical Associates, 2300 West Charleston Blvd.

7/3/2015: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Reclaimed Art Suppliez, 1114 S. Casino Center

7/6/2015: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Valley Hospital Medical Center, 620 Shadow Lane

7/6/2015: 2:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

7/8/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., C3/Customer Contact Channels, 490 E. Capovilla Avenue

7/10/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Titlemax, 6820 W. Flamingo

7/11/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave

7/11/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Avenue

7/12/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Home Depot, 2200 East Serene

7/12/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Avenue

7/14/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Paradise Church, 2525 Emerson Ave

7/15/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., West Prep High School, 2050 Saphire Stone Ave

7/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., MountainView Hospital, 3100 North Tenaya Way

7/18/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Suite 10

7/21/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Lowe’s, 4625 W Charleston Blvd.

7/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N Buffalo Dr.

7/23/2015: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Silverton Casino and Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd

7/28/2015: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sahara West Apartments, 2301 Redwood Street

7/29/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave

7/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, 3186 S. Maryland Parkway

7/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Home Depot – 3308, 7015 Arroyo Crossing Parkway

 

Henderson

7/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Smith’s Food and Drug – Valle Verde, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive

7/18/2015: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Veritas Apartments, 3370 St. Rose Parkway

7/21/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., James I Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy.

7/22/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., ITT Technical Institute, 2300 Corporate Circle Drive, Suite 150

7/25/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Green Valley Range, 175 Cassia Way

7/29/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Hobby Lobby – Henderson, 625 N. Stephanie Street

 

North Las Vegas

7/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane

7/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne, 3200 E Cheyenne

7/18/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Highland Hills Stake, 3350 W Alexander Rd

 

Mesquite

7/10/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 West Old Mill Rd

7/27/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mesquite Library, 121 W First North St

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Red Cross Volunteer Recognition Night!

Red Cross volunteers were honored yesterday for their selfless work serving the community. These volunteers help other people in need by aiding those affected by disaster, helping military members and their families, collecting blood for Las Vegas hospitals, teaching others lifesaving skills like CPR and First, and much more.

“Every hour of the day, Red Cross volunteers proudly serve the southern Nevada community and work to prevent and alleviate suffering in response to emergencies and disasters. This is an opportunity to recognize and thank them for their commitment and dedication,” said Regional CEO Scott Emerson.This event was held to honor the generous volunteers that make up the Red Cross and give them a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for what they do for the community and other people.

“Volunteers give of themselves and ask for nothing in return,” said Tiffany Updike, director of Volunteer Services. “It is always a wonderful occasion to celebrate our volunteers and their accomplishments, which have strengthened the community.”

You can join a worldwide movement dedicated to helping other people by volunteering with the Red Cross. The Red Cross offers a wide variety of ways to help people in need. Whether you have a few hours a week, or a few hours a month, sign up here to find out how you can apply your talents towards helping others.

“Everyone, Hands In.  1…2…3…”

RED CROSS ROCKS!!!

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Red Cross Offers $5 Swim Lessons in Honor of 100 Years of Teaching Water Safety

This year marks the 100th Year of the Red Cross aquatics program. There is no better time to bring up safe swimming skills to master than summer in Las Vegas! Scorching temperatures will naturally drive parents and children to local pools and lakes. The Red Cross wants to make sure these children have basic skills when it comes to swimming.

The Red Cross and the City of Las Vegas are partnering up to offer Red Cross Aquatics courses for children at certain pools for only $5. Courses have already started so make sure to call and reserve a spot during the next class. This offer is only available at the following pools:

  • Baker Pool (1100 E. St. Louis Ave | 702-229-1532)
  • Doolittle Pool (1940 N. J St. | 702-229-6398)
  • Carlos L. Martinez & Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reece Freedom Park (889 N. Pecos | 702-229-1755)

The Red Cross aquatics program was first formed in 1914, and was part of the Red Cross Life Saving Corp. This program inspired one of the first life-saving stations to be made on Pablo Beach, Florida. Now, the Red Cross aquatics program teaches millions of people across the country basic water competency skills. Some of the criteria are:

  • Step or jump into the water over your head and then return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute
  • Turn around in a full circle and find an exit
  • Swim at least 25 yards to an exit
  • Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using a ladder

Learn more about water safety skills and techniques here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

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Red Cross Offers Tips During Heat Wave

UPDATE 7-2-15: VIDEO (Jennifer Ramieh on Morning Blend)- http://ow.ly/P62EH

Summer is here, and in Las Vegas, it is more than just no school and playing outdoors. Las Vegas summers also bring excessive heat and a great deal of sun light. Together, these elements make the residents in the region extremely susceptible to dehydration, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.

The Red Cross has tips to stave off these potentially life-threatening conditions. The first step is to prepare for the heat. Listen to local weather forecasts and know in advance of any upcoming temperature changes. If there aren’t any clouds overhead, direct sunlight on a cloudless day can increase the local heat index by up to 15°. This heat may also cause power outages, so it is very important to already have water and a cool place to go in case A/C goes out. Plenty of water on hand for yourself and pets is critical to staying cool.

When the heat wave hits, drink water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol cause dehydration despite how refreshing they may seem. Also, wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing outdoors and avoid dark colors. Loose-fitting clothes create air pockets between the heat and direct skin contact. Try to avoid working or exercising outside, but if it is necessary, use a buddy system and take frequent breaks. Heat exhaustion only takes moments to take form. Having two or more people watch over each other will help them recognize the signs of heat exhaustion in their partner quickly and potentially save a life!

Signs of heat exhaustions include dizziness, nausea, headaches, or pale and flushed looking skin. If any of these symptoms are noticed, immediately move the person to a cooler place and loosen tight clothing. Fan the person and give them small amounts of cool water to drink. If the person cannot drink or vomits, it is time to call 911 and seek emergency services. If the condition worsens to where the person has a high body temperature, seek emergency services immediately. This is a sign of heat stroke, which is a life-threatening condition where the body’s temperature ceases to work and the body cannot cool itself.

Summer is a time for fun, but it is not a time to be careless. Here in Las Vegas we have a lot of great activities in our area, but we also have to be careful when we enjoy them. The most important thing is to stay smart because heat can kill. Visit redcross.org for more information on heat waves and how to stay cool and happy during one.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day remembers and recognizes our service members, its veterans, and their families for the endless sacrifices they have made to ensure the safety and security of nation. Everyday, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada honors our heroes through programs that provide care and support as a way to serve those who serve our nation.

 

 

The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program is executed all over the world as the Red Cross’ oldest, chartered mission. The beginning of SAF dates to over a century ago when Red Cross founder Clara Barton recruited nurses to provide critical services to soldiers, and humanitarian services to their families. Clara Barton’s legacy of selfless care to our service men and women continues on today, with SAF expanding their valuable services to three key areas: Emergency Services, Service to Military Families, and Service to Military and Veterans Hospitals. 

Click here for more on SAF Programs

 

 
Here in Las Vegas, the American Red Cross and MGM Resorts International have partnered up to create Boots to Business, an employment program that allows service members to take their experiences from the field, and translate them into skills that can be used in positions within MGM Resorts International. Boots to Business encompasses a number of aspects to prepare candidates and then empower them as they grow into MGM’s corporate culture. This program enables U.S. Veterans to use their leadership skills as new assistant managers and managers hired into MGM properties. 

Click here for more on Boots for Business

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Rent a Cabana on June 29 to Benefit Red Cross in Nevada

There’s no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than by lounging in the shade next to a pool. If you agree, spend June 29 at Palms Pool & Dayclub. On this day, you can rent a poolside cabana at Palms Pool while also furthering the mission of the American Red Cross in the southern Nevada community.

These cabanas are normally $150, but on June 29, the Palms will only charge $100, and all of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross in southern Nevada. Space is limited, and RSVP’s will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Cabanas are available from 10:00 am until the pool closes at 6:00pm. Call (702) 942-6832 to make a reservation and remember to let them know it is for Cabanas for a Cause and the Red Cross.

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Volunteers of Red Cross Southern Nevada Complete Annual Chapter-Wide Exercise

IMG_0767On Saturday, May 16th, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada held their annual chapter-wide exercise with participating local organizations to practice what they regularly prepare for. Volunteers had the opportunity to partake in a disaster simulation in order to prepare for real-life situations.

The simulation’s scenario was a large thunderstorm in Southern Nevada causing a city flood and aircraft crash near the chapter’s site. Volunteers were responsible for opening and operating a disaster operating center and three shelters in four separate areas, performing damage assessment, and providing food and recovery services to those affected by the disaster.

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The exercise was a successful community-wide event, with the American Red Cross partnering with organizations all over Las Vegas. Throughout the exercise, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter was tested on their ability to mobilize volunteers and staff to efficiently carry out on-demand tasks in each person’s respective roles.

The drill allowed volunteers from each core of the Red Cross to achieve exercise objectives necessary for providing aid to the community before, during, and after a disaster.

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