Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Red Cross Youth Honored as Youth Volunteer of the Quarter

Alicia Rendon is a vibrant 14-year-old with a passion for helping people. She is a Red Cross Youth volunteer working this summer at Fort Carson’s Evans Army Hospital just south of Colorado Springs, Colo. Alicia was recognized recently for her volunteer work and was selected as the Youth Volunteer of the Quarter.

L-R Maj Gen LaCamera, Alicia Rendon Therese LaCamera,
Sgt Maj Joyce at Fort Carson volunteer recognition ceremony
The recognition ceremony was held at the Fort Carson 4th Infantry Division Headquarters. Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera , Commander of the 4th ID, his wife Therese, and Sargent Major Richard Joyce made the presentation to Alicia in front of other volunteers and their families. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” Maj Gen LaCamera said. “We couldn’t do our job without them.”

As a volunteer at Evans Army Hospital, Alicia has gained skills and done things that even she hadn’t expected. “My biggest highlight this summer was to work in the Mountain Post Birthing Center,” Rendon said. “I got to witness the birth of a baby boy.” Her other duties included helping out at the reception desk, making patient charts, answering phones, running labs and setting up baby sensors. She also helped the nurses by picking up patient trays, setting up bassinets and stocking supplies.

Alicia Rendon (r) stands with her mother Wendy Rendon
before receiving her award as Youth Volunteer of the Quarter
Alicia plans to continue volunteering with the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Program at Evans Army Hospital. She hopes to pursue education and a career in the medical field. “My experience as a volunteer has allowed me to see what all was involved in a birthing center,” Rendon said. “I get to see the teamwork that is involved.”

According to Alicia, it is all about giving a “helping hand.” “It’s the little things that make a big difference even if you volunteer one day,” Rendon said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Red Cross Story: I Would Have Been Lost

Desire McGarvey was a military spouse whose husband had just deployed to Korea when his father died. With such a recent arrival overseas, her husband had not set up any means of communication and she had no way to reach him -- until she turned to the Red Cross. Find out what happened.

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My Red Cross Story: Grateful My Son Was Home to Offer His Strength

Thank You to The Red Cross and US Navy for making it possible for my son James Ian Bell attend his grandmother's funeral.

My mom (Jamie's grandma) passed away on June 25, 2014.

The American Red Cross's fast notification to the Newport RI US Navy Base Security Department where my son is stationed, made it possible for my son to be by his grandmother's side before she passed.

I'm very proud of my son. Jamie has always been very responsible and loving presence in our family. Having him with me during this sad time was a blessing for me. Jamie helped me in making funeral arrangements including picking out the most beautiful burial plot for his grandma. All of this perpetration had to be done in short order.

I don't think me and Jamie's sister's could have gotten through this if not for my son helping us and offering his strength. He stayed strong and focused for me and my family. Thank You So Much!!!

Many Thanks, MA2 Bell's Mom
Jackie Allmendinger

Monday, July 21, 2014

Red Cross of Colorado Sending Disaster Workers to Help with Washington Wildfire Response

 Monday, July 21, 2014 –

The American Red Cross in Colorado is responding to the devastating wildfires in eastern Washington that have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Dana Goldsmith from the Pikes Peak Chapter will travel to Wenatchee, Wash., to provide support for Red Cross Staff Services. Goldsmith has been a Red Cross volunteer for 14 months. She began her volunteering with the Pikes Peak Chapter in June 2013 at the beginning of the Black Forest Fire response. “I know that the people in eastern Washington are suffering,” Goldsmith said. “Some of their volunteers helped us during the Black Forest Fire so I am excited that I will be able to help them get through this disaster.”

Les Orser from the Western Colorado Chapter in Grand Junction will travel to Wenatchee, Wash., to support the Disaster Mental Health team as they work with individuals and families during this difficult time. Orser has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since 2012. This will be his 11th disaster deployment one of which was the recent mudslide near Oso, Wash. He has served in a variety of capacities as a Red Cross volunteer and will bring a wealth of experience to the disaster response.

"Deploying to a disaster is never easy,” said Gino Greco, CEO for the Colorado & Wyoming Region. “We are proud that our volunteers have stepped up to help.”

Typical disaster deployment is 14 to 21 days depending on the needs of the disaster and the availability of the volunteer.

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