Tuesday, May 21, 2013
American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan shares ways local residents can support those affected by the disaster.
Dozens of people – including children – were killed when a massive tornado Monday afternoon ripped through the town of Moore, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City, according to the Associated Press. As search-and-rescue crews continue to dig through the rubble, many people are wondering what they can do to help those affected by the disaster. John Mozena, spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan, said the organization should know more later today about exactly how much help is needed. "We're still in the assessment phase of what's going on in Oklahoma with our disaster assessment professionals," he said. "You see the photos of the devastation and it's just horrific, and the people in the town have lost everything." …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The high school blood drive brings in an average of 150 to 175 pints of blood each year.
Brighton High School has been hosting an annual blood drive since before there were records of such things, according to Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative J. Michael Lenninger. "This is by far the largest blood drive in Livingston County," he said. "We get on average, between 150 and 175 pints of blood. We're looking to get 175 pints this time to tie the record set a couple of years back." Thanks to the hard work of the Executive Board, the student body that governs all four student councils, 280 Brighton High School students signed up to donate blood Wednesday in the auxiliary gym. Riley Haupt, a senior on the Executive Board, said she's always been interested in human sciences and is even planning on attending the University of…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A flu outbreak is being reported in 47 of the 50 states and children have been hit particularly hard, according to the American Red Cross.
Influenza outbreaks have been reported by health officials in 47 of the 50 states, according to a release from the American Red Cross. "One age group hit particularly hard is children," according to the same release. Two Fenton residents have died after coming down with flu-like symptoms. Joshua Michael Polehna, a Lake Fenton freshman, died after falling ill during Christmas break. Fenton resident and father of five Kirk Beauchamp, 44, died three days after becoming ill with flu symptoms in December as well. The American Red Cross has three steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick: Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Red Cross urges blood donations in unaffected areas across the country as emergency responders assess damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Editor's note: This article was submitted by the Great Lakes Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. Hurricane Sandy has forced the cancellation of approximately 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,000 units of blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross has moved blood products to the areas most likely to be affected by Sandy so these products will be available during and after the storm. “The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “It’s the blood that is already on the …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Several upcoming blood drives will be hosted in Brighton and surrounding areas, according to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is asking Americans to roll up their sleeve and give blood this summer. According to the Red Cross, their blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. Due partially to the early summer and a lack of scheduled blood drives, this nationwide shortfall leaves the nonprofit with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer. J. Michael Lenninger, American Red Cross Blood Donor Recruiter for the Livingston County Chapter, said Livingston County is in the process of gearing back up by holding more blood …