Help us spread some holiday cheer to our service members, veterans and their families. Today is the last day to mail holiday cards to our Holiday Mail for Heroes mailbox at:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Morgan Beach, Allison Theis, Lacey Shoemaker and Brian Wilson attended Monday Night Football pre-game in Touchdown City with the Seahawks on Monday 12/2 to collect Holiday Mail for Heroes. Over 200 cards were signed and a lot of great holiday & team spirit were passed on!
Cody Austin, International Services Coordinator and AmeriCorps, won a messenger bag and Starbucks gift card for following the American Red Cross’ Restoring Family Links blog and Twitter handle!
Restoring Family Links (RFL) is an American Red Cross program which helps find family members separated by crisis, conflict, or migration. It is part of the greater international Restoring Family Links network, which allows the program to engage beyond state boundaries.
The RFL blog and Twitter tell stories of American Red Cross efforts to reconnect loved ones. The entries may contain information about events that support the Restoring Family Links Program, as well as links to stories or information relevant to people who might seek to reconnect to their families.
Cody and Sarah Rothman, International Services and Language Bank Manager for Western Washington Region, work as a team to support the RFL program locally and connect members of our own community with missing loved ones, usually resulting from a disaster abroad. They also receive RFL tracing cases and search for missing loved ones in our community.
Cody and Sarah have worked hard these past few weeks reconnecting locals with family members affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They have had much success due to their hard work and the efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.
Check out the Restoring Family Links blog and follow RFL on Twitter: @intlfamilylinks.
A $100,000 gift to the American Red Cross was made by A Thinking Ape – a small team of mobile game designers.
The donation is the proceeds of two of A Thinking Ape’s games last weekend. They got the word out, and the gaming community answered the call! They also made a generous donation to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami in 2011.
Cofounders Wilkins Chung, Kenshi Arasaki and Eric Diep are University of Waterloo and Calgary grads, with experience working at Amazon and Facebook. They founded the “small yet driven team that is dedicated to building strong mobile communities.” BetaKit reporter John Gray wrote a piece about the cofounders in late September: check it out here. They are now located in Redmond.
We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to A Thinking Ape and the local gaming community for their generous donation and dedication to disaster relief.
Ann Bodden, Red Cross Major Gifts Associate, and Wilkins Chung, Co-founder of A Thinking Ape.
Sarah Finley, our Workplace Preparedness Educator and AmeriCorps member, teaches a group of 110 small business and organization representatives about preparing for disaster in the workplace and at home.
Sarah emphasizes the importance of communicating your family’s disaster plan with coworkers, neighbors and an out-of-state contact.
The American Red Cross Western Washington Region will be collecting donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief at CenturyLink Field as the Seahawks take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will match each dollar raised at the game.
If you are supporting the Seahawks at the Field on Sunday, be sure to stop by! The American Red Cross greatly appreciates any support you can give as well.
Our Volunteer Recruitment & Intake Coordinator and AmeriCorps member, Jaclyn Ng, is getting us ready! Thanks Jaclyn!
The Visa Team in Bellevue was hard at work last Thursday. They finished over 250 cards to send to our men and women in uniform!
For the past 3-4 years, the American Red Cross Olympic Peninsula Chapter has increased its outreach efforts in the tribal communities on the Peninsula. By pushing out to the west end, closest to the Pacific Ocean, they’ve been able to engage more of these communities in Red Cross services such as preparedness and disaster relief.
The majority of the tribes on the Peninsula reside in that area. The Red Cross has five Disaster Emergency Response Trailers (DERTs) placed in strategic locations throughout that area. One of these is located in Neah Bay with the Makah Tribe. The American Red Cross is also fortunate to work with tribal emergency managers, including Andrew Wink, in a collaborative efforts to prepare for and respond for disasters in the area.
“It’s so nice to have that kind of partnership with the tribe because it really helps our outreach efforts,” said Michelle Kelley, Executive Director of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter. “They’re cross-trained so we love that. Their collaboration is invaluable to this partnership.”
Don Zannon, Disaster Volunteer Leadership, and two of the new AmeriCorps from the Peninsula office are in the process of picking up all the DERTs and bringing them in for a safety check, supply inventory and paperwork updates. When they return the DERTs, they’ll take them back to the sites to recruit and train volunteers for the Red Cross sheltering team.
For more than a century, the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter has been a community leader in emergency preparedness and response. The annual Heroes Breakfast event honors a longstanding tradition of heroism by recognizing local individuals whose extraordinary acts make them a hero.
This October, the Pierce County Heroes Breakfast celebrated its 20th Anniversary. In 1993, Carter Taylor created a fundraiser to honor local heroes. Today, her Heroes Breakfast event model is used across the country by local Red Cross chapters.
People in Pierce County make a difference in the lives of others every day. They show kindness and compassion, and give of themselves in unexpected and extraordinary ways. We are honored that this local connection has created a national model for honoring exemplary individuals everywhere.
We are always seeking nominations for heroes in Western Washington. The King County Heroes Breakfast will be on Thursday, March 20, 2014. For more information or to nominate a hero, please visit our website.
The American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters is embarking on its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, sending holiday cards to service members and veterans, both locally and abroad. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and around the world.
Starting September 30, we began hosting “Holiday Mail Workshops” around the Puget Sound area where American Red Cross volunteers will staff booths and invite community members to write messages of thanks and support to our troops. Western Washington Red Cross volunteers will sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season.
Our Mount Rainier Chapter is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Girl Scouts, Red Cross volunteers and local individuals are holding events in the Mount Rainier area to help our efforts. The Tiffany Circle of King and Kitsap Counties, a group of women leaders and philanthropists who support the Red Cross, will hold a card making event to show their support of our nation’s veterans, troops and military families.
All you need is a piece of paper and a pen! Please send card to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791
This past Saturday October 5th from 9 to 11 am, our First Aid Stations Team (FAST) members participated in the 4th annual CFC 5K Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. All the proceeds went to the Greater Olympic Peninsula United Way with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
All running and walking abilities were welcomed… including puppies! The course crossed Warren Ave. Bridge, around through Manette, then west across Manette Bridge ending back at Evergreen Park. Last year’s event brought out just over 400 participants and it looked like they reached that goal again for this year!
Kid’s Dashes are for participants 10 and under and there were about a dozen or so children who participated in the dash this year.
Our FAST team only saw one person, who was treated for a bee sting.
They also handed out free bottles of water (donated by Albertsons) to participants with stickers that had the Red Cross CFC number on them, encouraging participants to support Red Cross in the CFC!
A big thank you to our FAST team for their work that day!