Help us Help Others: Giving Day is March 27

Every 8 minutes, the American Red Cross meets a family devastated by disaster. This March, you can make an impact and #help1family in those first hours, providing food, supplies, shelter, and hope. Join us on March 27th for American Red Cross Giving Day to help 25,000 families in urgent need.

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It’s Time for the 2019 BASH!

It’s time for the American Red Cross Gold Country Region’s 2019 BASH honoring the California National Guard!

This year’s event will be held at a new location: The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento!

See all the information above and go to redcross.org/bash to get your tickets and sponsorship information today!

Red Cross, Partners Helping Coast Guard During Shutdown

With thousands of U.S. Coast Guard service members and families facing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing government shutdown, the United States Automobile Association (USAA), the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA), Inc. and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help Coast Guard service members and families in need.

Read more here.

1,600 New Blankets Arriving Soon for Camp Fire Shelter Guests

By Doug Bardwell

Almost two months after the Camp Fire, the American Red Cross continues its work at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds to keep the more than 700 shelter residents safe, happy and comfortable.

Arriving this week are more than 1,600 new blankets, two for each shelter guest. Each red and white, thick blanket is a generous twin size (approximately 66″ x 90″) – not the typical 50″ x 60″ comfort blankets that people give or receive as gifts.

New pillows for each person onsite have also been requested. The delivery date on those hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross hasn’t forgotten about the pets affected by the fire. They are going to be the lucky recipients of all the used blankets that are not soiled. Used blankets, plus any blankets left on the cots after people relocate, will be packaged and delivered to local pet shelters.

About the American Red Cross Gold Country Region:

The Gold Country Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties. For more information, visit redcross.org/goldcountry. Stay up to date on by following us on Twitter and Facebook @ARGoldCountry or by visiting our blog at capitalcrosswords.com.

Helping Folks on the Road to Recovery

The Yuba Sutter Red Cross Shelter in Yuba City is a large cavernous building that was home to about 80 people who evacuated the city of Paradise and beyond, to flee the Camp Fire. Their cots are neatly lined up at the back of the building, most of their belongings stashed underneath. Red Cross medical staff are set up along the far wall to provide various medical needs including replacing prescriptions, eyeglasses, wheelchairs, and more. The opposite side of the shelter is lined with table after table of colorful clothes, books, kids’ arts, and crafts, toiletries, and household goods, ready for folks to select what they need. A little brown-haired girl with a sweet face tries out some of the toys as she takes in snippets of the video that plays in the small children’s play area. Snacks and drinks are also available for between meal nibbling.

VOLUNTEER_Linda and Barry (1)And, tucked into a quiet corner seated together are Linda DeVane and Barry Abromovage, Red Cross volunteer caseworkers. Each has traveled more than 2,500 miles to this place to do what they can to help.

Linda watched the news about the Camp Fire from her home in Macon, Georgia. She knew the devastation was terrible, and says, “You don’t realize until you’re right here in the middle of it, how bad it is.” It’s important for people to have someone to talk to. “It means a lot,” sighs Linda, not just to them, but to us too.”

Over the past several days, Linda and Barry have worked with over 60 individuals at the shelter to help them start down the long road to recovery. “We try to get them thinking about future plans,” Barry notes. Linda and Barry let people know that when they’re ready to leave the shelter, the Red Cross will help with their transition. They are not facing the future on their own, but for now, life is pretty tough.

The folks at the shelter had no idea that they would spend this Thanksgiving away from home in an unfamiliar setting. However, Linda and Barry knew. In fact, Barry arranged his deployment to ensure that he would be here over the Thanksgiving holiday. He wanted to be here to help people like the family he met recently. The children’s school burned, their church burned, their home burned, the places where the parents worked burned. And Barry was there to help, to hear their story, painfully similar to so many others he and Linda have listened to since arriving at the shelter.

Linda and Barry, two Red Cross volunteers, who chose to leave their homes in Lebanon, Virginia and Macon, Georgia to travel across the country to Yuba City, California— because this Thanksgiving, this is where they are needed most.

By Marlene Stamper, American Red Cross Volunteer