Why I Work with the Red Cross

“I volunteer for the American Red Cross because the Red Cross is people helping people.”

— Denise Nordell


Why I Work with the Red Cross

“I volunteer for the American Red Cross because they are a lifeline between soldiers and their families when it matters most, including my sons who are soldiers. I volunteer for the American Red Cross because they are there when anyone experiences a disaster.  My parents were assisted after their home burned down, and during the California Wildfires the Red Cross helped so many of my friends who lost their homes.”

— Amy Gardner


Why I Work with the Red Cross

March is American Red Cross Month! I asked our Gold Country volunteers and staff why they work with the Red Cross. I’ll post a new reply here every day!

— Stephen Walsh, Gold Country Region Communications Director


“I volunteer for the American Red Cross because we are causing change and inspiring people to help and support their community!”

— Kate J., Davis High School Student

Evacuation Center During Explosives Investigation in Shasta County

27973380_1688632424526901_1224274136834597951_nANDERSON, Calif. (Tuesday, February 27, 2018) — At the request of Shasta County officials, the American Red Cross is opening an evacuation center at the Shasta District Fair & Event Center due to an explosives investigation at a residence in Happy Valley.

The fairgrounds are located at 1890 Briggs St, Anderson, CA 96007.

Shasta County is utilizing an emergency alert system to notify those affected.

Red Cross volunteers are providing snacks and water to evacuees. Additional services will be provided if needed.

Helping the Helper: Reflections from a Gold Country Volunteer After Fire Takes Her Home

Volunteer Lucy DeMaris sees her service with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region as payback after one of her two brothers was killed in an accident while serving in the military

(Left to right) NEC volunteers Lucy DeMaris , Marilyn Bernathand Rose Nobili

The Red Cross’ response to her brother’s death helped shape her attitude toward volunteering. “You do what you can and return the favor.”

DeMaris, a retired teacher, has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for five years as an instructor for the Pillowcase Project. During the recent wildfires in Northern California, she was helping open a Red Cross shelter when she got word that her home of 11 years in Junction City burned to the ground. “You’re always serving others. And then when the tables turn, it’s a completely different feeling.”

DeMaris said it was out of character for her to have to accept help from the Red Cross when her home was destroyed. “The staff was completely conscious of my needs.”

DeMaris and her husband are planning on rebuilding where their home once stood. In the meantime, she continues to volunteer with the Pillowcase Project and reminds donors to keep giving to the Red Cross. “We need all the help we can get,” she said.