This is what happens when you do the ice bucket challenge at work

So I was challenged, and because my son was gone last night and my boyfriend would have thought I was insane, I decided that I would take the #IceBucketChallenge at work.  Originally, I only asked 2 people to help — one to dump and one to film — but low and behold, we had helpers coming out of the woodwork to assist. Maybe it was because they are just nice people… or possibly it was to deliver some payback??

I will let you be the judge. (Because, of course, someone else decided to film it on his phone. WARNING: His cell didn’t sync the action with the voices.)

 

That was my dear friend that thought we didn’t have enough ice in the bucket.
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10 Secrets a Red Cross Volunteer Will Never Tell You

1. They love when they get a call that wakes them up in the middle of the night.

These Kansas City volunteers, including one of my favorite guys, Carl, are helping after an apartment complex fire.

These Kansas City volunteers, including one of my favorite guys, Carl, are helping after an apartment complex fire.

2. Being “chained to a desk” is one of their favorite parts of the week. Read the rest of this entry

7 Red Cross Fashion Trends That Never Go Out of Style

Crop tops? Skinny jeans? Jungle print blazer??? Sometimes it is hard to know what fashion trend to wear. To help you answer that question, here are a few fashion-forward Red Crossers modeling the fashion rules that will never go out of style.

 1. Wear classic colors. When in doubt, get it in black! Whether in the field or at a business fair, basic black is timeless and suitable for any occasion.

Sara Smith from Philly talks to a volunteer about the current situation in the field.

Sara from Philly talks to a volunteer about the current situation in the field.

Brian Shawn from Fargo educates locals about the importance of being prepared.

Brian from Fargo educates locals about the importance of being prepared.

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A Salute

This poem was written and submitted by Leanna Harris, Regional Data Specialist.  While she is our numbers/database girl, she has a flair for words!

If only Anne Fox had been teasing

The news of it has been unpleasing

On that sorrowful day

It grieved her to say

“The time has come for my leaving.” Read the rest of this entry

What Does the Fox Say: Ending a successful year and career

This is the final word from Anne M. Fox, Regional Chief Executive Officer.  After 31 years of service to the Red Cross, Anne will be retiring at the end of the month.

Anne Fox is the Regional Chief Executive Officer and oversees 5 chapters and 45 counties across central Illinois and northeast Missouri.

Anne Fox is the Regional Chief Executive Officer and oversees 5 chapters and 45 counties across central Illinois and northeast Missouri.

This special Fiscal Year-End Management Report recounts the achievements of an amazing year. The region’s volunteers, staff and board members reached out farther and faster and longer than ever before in response to a more devastating disaster than any of us could have imagined. Even with a disaster of unprecedented strength and scope, the Red Cross was there to meet every need and provide our services when and where they were needed across the region. Read the rest of this entry

Pay no attention… I am just having a corn moment

So I have this uncanny ability to stick my foot in my mouth.  It is truly a gift, I guess.  I can just be talk, talk, talking away and then BOOM… I say something that makes me look ignorant. Don’t believe me? Take yesterday for example.

I was visiting the Red Cross chapter in Moline because one of my favorite health and safety people is retiring.  I was chatting away and enjoying getting to know Red Crossers I don’t see very much, and then it happened.

  • Moline Red Crosser – I don’t like to eat vegetables.
  • Me – But don’t you eat corn? I love corn.
  • Moline Red Crosser – Corn is not a vegetable.
  • Me – What?
  • Moline Red Crosser – I grew up in Kansas and one night, I was making dinner with my grandmother. She told me we needed to make a vegetable and I said we had corn.  My grandmother told me that corn was a whole grain and not a vegetable.  And, because I was in high school at the time, I proceeded to argue with her about how she was wrong.  But, she was right.  So, yes, I like corn.  It is a grain.

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A Day in the Life

This post comes from Shannon Vance, International Services/Military Services intern from Bradley University.

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 8.50.12 AMAt our chapter you will find disaster services, health and safety teams, development gurus and communications experts. Every team will welcome you with a smile and a helping hand because we’re the American Red Cross. However if you’re really lucky, you will also find two wonderful people, sharing a cubicle and occasionally wearing coordinating colors. Say hello to your International Services team. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Since June of this year, I have served as the International Services Intern under Emily Richards who is the Regional Manager for International Services and Service to the Armed Forces. Got a question about International Humanitarian Law? We’re your go-to people. Want more information about Restoring Family Links? Absolutely, let’s hear it. Perhaps you’re more interested in our fight against measles and rubella. We can do that too. Having your hands in so many different projects can seem daunting and stressful, but is it really a good job if you’re not passionate about what you’re working on?

With that being said, welcome to International Services. Let me show you what one of my days as an intern would look like.  Read the rest of this entry

Red Cross Staffers Chat – Back To School

Red Cross staffers, Monica and Erin, talk about back to school safety and smart tips for parents.

 

Know what route your children will be taking if they walk or ride their bike to school.

Know what route your children will be taking if they walk or ride their bike to school.

  • Erin – I look at this photo and think… I am not too comfortable with these little girls walking to school on this path.  I expect Jason Voorhees to jump out.
  • Monica – Maybe they should pick a different route with sidewalks and more people around.  On a happy note, at least they are using the buddy system.
  • Erin – I am wondering where these children live.  Maybe it is their only option… the creepy, dirt road that needs to have potholes filled.
  • Monica – They probably should move to the side of the road, too, even if they are like Hansel and Gretel and live in the woods.
  • Erin – Gotcha… so side of the road, high-traveled area with sidewalks and no eating houses made of candy.

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A Caravan of Carnivals

Halfway through July, the Youth Department has maintained a presence at a multitude of festivals in the area. Most recently the department had a booth positioned in the family fun tent of the Heart of Illinois Fair at Peoria’s Expo Gardens. In festival settings we see families from all walks of life.

Parents and kids form lines at our booth to participate in our Spin-The-Wheel, game where the participant spins the wheel to choose a safety topic to be quizzed on. In this environment everyone is both a winner and a learner. However, when the opportunity presents itself some festival goers approach our booth to ask questions about our services. Sometimes, they even ask how they can volunteer at the American Red Cross. Occasionally, we hear moving stories that must be shared. While working the booth, I got to hear this. Read the rest of this entry

Why I think Mabel Boardman should have a fan club

We have all heard about Clara Barton being awesome and starting the Red Cross, but there was a woman named Mabel Thorp Boardman that really made the magic happen. This Cleveland born woman was elected to the Red Cross board in 1901 and that’s when the American Red Cross started to become a really big deal.

Bottom line… chick was a rock star and I feel she totally deserves a fan club. The following images, I believe, prove my case… Read the rest of this entry

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