Children’s Art Graces Yreka Shelter

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Sequoia (L) and Twyla work to add to their art gallery at the Siskiyou County shelter.

Written By Caroline Nilsson, Red Cross Volunteer

Sequoia, aged six, and Twyla, aged nine, had never heard of the American Red Cross. But when heavy smoke from the Happy Camp Fire Complex descended upon their rural Northern California home in Siskiyou County, the became fast friends of the Red Cross at an evacuation  shelter in Yreka.

“The smoke was scary,” said Sequoia.  “Everything turned completely yellow outside.”  Sequoia isn’t scared at the shelter.  Here, she’s having fun playing board games with shelter staff, making cupcakes out of modeling clay, and building towers out of anything she can commandeer.  She also likes drinking the hot chocolate.

Her older sister, Twyla, is still a little worried.  She hopes her family’s house is going to be okay, but she’s also happy to be at the shelter.  “I really like being here.  The people are nice, there’s lots of room to play, good food, and we were allowed to bring our animals with us.”

There’s a veritable menagerie outside.  There are four dogs and three cats, most of them rescue animals with stories to tell.  Siskiyou County has provided crates and food, so they seem to be quite happy, too.

Sequoia and Twyla both enjoy drawing, and they have decorated the inside of the shelter with pages from coloring books and original art.  There are pictures of horses and dolphins, puppies and teddy bears, and there is a whole collection of fashion illustrations.  It’s proving to be a great pastime while they wait for the fire to pass, and the shelter staff is enjoying their work.  Twyla says she is inspired by her mother’s artwork.  Sequoia simply likes to draw.

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American Red Cross Urges Preparedness in Wake of Napa Earthquake

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In the early morning of August 24, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled through Napa County and surrounding areas, causing injuries, damaging homes, business and utilities, and delivering a jarring wake-up call to Californians reminding of our earthquake risks. Continue reading

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American Red Cross Opens Two Evacuation Centers Following Napa Quake

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American Red Cross evacuation centers are now open in Napa and Vallejo for anyone affected by Sunday’s early morning 6.1 magnitude earthquake near American Canyon, California. Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “Volunteers”

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While recently digging through the archives at the offices of our Northeastern California Chapter (formerly known, as indicated in the following text, as the “Three Rivers Chapter”), we came across a lovely poem written 10 years ago by a young volunteer by the name of Danielle E. Terry. Continue reading

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American Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese, Retiring Following 10 Years of Dedicated Service

Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese. Photo by Appeal Democrat

Red Cross of Northeastern California CEO, Martha Griese. Photo by Appeal Democrat

It was December of 1955 when torrential rains caused rivers to overflow and levees to break throughout Northern California. The resulting floods left many homes destroyed and families looking for help.

Among those to lose their home in the disaster was elementary school student, Martha Griese. For Martha and her family, as with all who had lost their homes, the impact was devastating. But Martha soon found comfort and hope in the form of the many Red Cross volunteers responding to provide disaster relief. Continue reading

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Families Gather For Support in the Midst of NorCal Fires

Smoke rises from the Eiler Fire and Bald Fire. Photo by Ryan Albaugh

Smoke rises from the Eiler Fire and Bald Fire. Photo by Ryan Albaugh

Written by Red Cross volunteer, Kimberly Hanlon

Some came on a voluntary evacuation and then there are those who arrived after emergency officials came pounding on their front door. On Saturday night, August 2, as the nearby Eiler Fire and Bald Fire spread across the landscape, residents of Johnson Park were evacuated from their homes, having only 15 minutes to gather what personal belongings they could. Neighbors found themselves in a panic as they processed what was a necessity and what memories were worth leaving behind. Continue reading

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Red Cross at the State Fair

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It’s that time of year again in the Capital Region, STATE FAIR TIME! This year the American Red Cross Capital Region has teamed up with long-time partner in emergency preparedness, PG&E, at a couple of booths right in the middle of all the fair action. Continue reading

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