Have We Done For You Lately? The Central Maryland
Chapter is proud to have trained and deployed more volunteers
for the Katrina relief operation than any other chapter. Read
what some had to say about their experiences below.
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Give Speak Out About the Katrina Relief Operation
- April 15~
Accepting Hometown Heroes Nominations.
If you know someone who performed an act of heroism between
01/01/05 and 12/31/05, submit their story online by visiting us
Measles Eradication Week (more info on
30, 4 - 5:30
Volunteer Orientation Call 410-624-2023.
29th, 8 pm:
Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel
1st, 10 am
11th Annual Golf Classic
Chestnut Ridge Country Club
12th, 8 am
Hometown Heroes Breakfast
26, 10 am
Annual Anne Arundel Golf Classic Old South Country Club
remember two young women, 13 and 16, who waited in line all day
with their parents [for] assistance. We put the girls to work handing
out beverages, snacks and lunches. They came back almost every day
for a week to continue to help out. I also can't forget "Cindy,"
an individual that came in for support and came back every day to
run a “clothing distribution service.” Joseph Anastasio
My experiences with this great organization
have been unbelievable. The passion, caring, love, respect that
has been displayed is one experience that will never be forgotten.
Thanks for always being where you are needed in the time of the
peoples’ needs. I'm looking forward to working many years
as a Red Cross volunteer. Dr. Clarice Thompson
I put aside my marriage and the births of my children, the privilege
of being a part of this effort has been the most meaning-ful and
memorable experience of my life. Thank you.
was such an experience. The people of MS and LA were so nice and
positive despite the great losses they suffered. The volunteers
I met from all over the world were great people, everyone had
a big heart and a helping hand. This was a life changing experience
for the volunteers as well as the victims... an experience I will
never forget. Emilio Frederick
Marylanders opened their hearts and their wallets to victims of the
recent devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes. The Red Cross worked with
local businesses such as Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse and a group
of Annapolis merchants organized by Loews Annapolis Hotel to conduct
fundraisers. Institutions of learning that ranged from Johns Hopkins
University to Baltimore's Harlem Park Elementary School chipped in
to help. Area television and radio audiences were given the opportunity
to assist through their favorite broadcast outlets. Every act of charity
helped the Red Cross provide relief. Every donation is appreciated.
knows the Red Cross provides hospitals
with a vital supply of blood and blood products.
But did you know we help service members
and their families keep in touch with each other?
Did you know that our volunteers live alongside
soldiers in harsh conditions and work
around the clock to offer comforts to ease
the strain on those who are serving our nation? More about
the Red Cross
Central Maryland Red Cross enthusiastically welcomed the recent
decision of the Diplomatic Conference to adopt a Third Protocol
to the Geneva Conventions. This creates an additional
emblem alongside the red cross and red crescent and paves
the way for Magen David Adom (MDA) to become a voting member
in the Red Cross Movement.
is an organization that, like the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies, collects blood, assists disaster victims, teaches
CPR and first aid, and provides other humanitarian services
in Israel. Instead of using a red cross or red crescent, it
uses a red Star of David to identify its ambulances and relief
the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
in 2006, the Conference will be asked to amend the statutes
of the Movement, to take into account the creation of the new
emblem, the red crystal, a red diamond shape on a white background.
Central Maryland chapter, which houses the Holocaust and War
Victims tracing Center, has strongly supported MDA inclusion
and the recognition of their emblem. Board members and staff
visited MDA offices in a 2000 trip to Israel and MDA leadership
volunteers, including the former head of the organization, Avi
Zohar, have also come to Baltimore to meet with leaders here.
CROSS INSTRUCTOR SAVES DAUGHTER WITH SKILLS SHE
Czechowski was in the kitchen washing dishes while her
husband Aaron kept an eye on their children Ezra, 4,
and Sophia, 16 months. It was their normal nightly routine:
get the kids fed, bathed and off to bed. Sophia, a self-proclaimed
"lover of vegetables" shoved a handful of
small broccoli pieces into her mouth at one time. Then
her father noticed she had stopped making noise and
was having difficulty breathing and he called for his
who is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Health and
Safety Department at the Central Maryland Chapter and
a CPR, AED and first aid instructor, came in the dining
room thinking her husband called her to see Sophia "being
her usually funny self." Instead she found her
daughter wide eyed and panicked.
picked my daughter up out of her highchair and performed
five back blows the way I teach my students in class,"
Czechowski recalled. "It took five back blows to
dislodge the broccoli. If the fifth blow had not worked
I was going to have my husband call 911 and I would
have proceeded with chest compressions." Once
the obstruction was removed and Sophia calmed down from
all of her crying, “she finished her dinner as
if nothing happened. Still to this day she loves broccoli,"
says Czechowski. "Knowing
CPR and first aid gives a great sense of confidence
and helped me be calm even in a situation involving
my own child."
On October 22nd,
over 2,500 Boy scouts and their families gathered
at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium at an
event sponsored by the American Red Cross of Central
Maryland and the Baltimore Area Council of The Boy
Scouts of America. It focused on disaster preparedness,
response, recovery and health and safety. One hundred
seventy-five troops, packs, and adventure crews, 286
Cub Scout dens and 481 Boy Scout patrols participated.
The scouts collected nearly a ton of food for the
Maryland Food Bank, awarded 26 CPR certifications
and collected over 400 units of blood in their month-long
blood drive. Congratulations to The Central Maryland
Chapter and The Boy Scouts for a successful event!
Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, and
chartered by Congress in 1905, the Red Cross
today responds to as many as 70,000 disasters
nationwide, including natural and man-made disasters.
The Red Cross also provides assistance during
international emergencies--rushing medical aid
and other items to countries devastated by disasters,
and helping people around the world battle malnutrition
and life-threatening diseases.
WATERSHED MOMENT IN HISTORY The
statistics speak for themselves: In response to Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita, the America Red Cross has provided 3.42 million overnight
stays in nearly 1,100 shelters across 27 states and the District
of Columbia. More than 1.2 million families (including 1,646
people who evacuated their homes to come to Baltimore) received
emergency financial assistance. The Red Cross, in coordination
with the Southern Baptist Convention, served more than 27.4
million hot meals and 25.2 million snacks to hurricane survivors.
And the organization expects to spend in excess of $2 billion
for a disaster that was nearly 20 times larger than anything
we had ever faced before. Joseph
Becker, Senior Vice President for Red Cross Response and Preparedness
called the disaster a "watershed" moment in the history
of the American Red Cross as well as the country. "Hurricane
Katrina produced human needs exceeding those presented by all
previous natural disasters in this country, including the Johnstown
Flood in 1882, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, the Spanish
Flu epidemic in 1918, Hurricanes Camille and Andrew, or manmade
events such as the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995 and the tragedy
of September 11, 2001. The needs created by Hurricane Katrina
exceeded even those posed by the four back-to-back hurricanes
last year." Just
as we learn from every disaster response, locally and nationally,
we'll take the lessons of Katrina and Rita as a blueprint for
future improvement. Helping us to learn will be the 550 new
Central Maryland volunteers who traveled to help their fellow
citizens in the Gulf Coast. They're part of a groundswell of
almost 220,000 volunteers from all over the country in what
might well be the largest mobilization of Americans helping
each other in history. The selfless work of these volunteers
and the incredible generosity of the American people helped
the Red Cross mobilize the largest operation in our history.
Painful lessons were learned. We need, all of us, to work much
harder to be prepared. As an organization, we must examine every
aspect of our response and, unfortunately, get ready for even
bigger disasters, greater challenges.
Francine Stokes is a member of the American Red Cross National
Board of Governors and a former Chair of the Central Maryland
Chapter. She is also the Assistant to the President of Morgan
BALTIMORE COUPLE NEEDS YOUR HELP
health or homeowner's insurance, Henry and Wilhelmina Heathcote
were barely making ends meet when disaster struck and their
home of 30 years was destroyed by fire.
elderly Baltimore couple lost everything they cherished,
including their beloved dog.
Red Cross volunteers mobilized quickly and were on the scene
providing comfort, food and clothing to the Heathcotes before
the home stopped smoldering. Henry, who was recovering from
bypass surgery, was also provided heart and diabetes medication.
A Red Cross mental health professional was there to listen
and help them cope with the challenges of rebuilding their
lives. The Red Cross also assisted in paying the security
deposit on their apartment and gave the couple clothing
and furniture vouchers.
Your help made it possible.
Your gift of $10,
$25, $50 helps to meet the emergency needs of disaster victims
in our community. Won't you continue your support
by contributing to our disaster
Tsunami survivors from one of the deadliest
natural disasters in recent history faced unthinkable tragedy
and loss on December 26, 2004. The American public donated
time and money to the American Red Cross at unprecedented
levels, helping to bring food, water, tents, medical and sanitation
supplies and other necessities to millions of people in Asia
and East Africa.
Red Cross remains an active partner in the relief effort,
Improve community health and prevent
disease outbreaks through mass immunization campaigns, health
and hygiene education and restored water and sanitation
Support communities as they rebuild
their lives and reestablish their livelihoods.
Help affected Red Cross/Red Crescent
National Societies, their branches and communities develop
disaster preparedness capabilities.
Find a comprehensive list of American
Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program projects and statistics
online at www.redcross.org.
you can do to help: Donate
· The Red Cross
responds to a disaster every eight minutes. In
Central Maryland, the Red Cross generally responds to three disasters
daily costing an average of $2400 each day.
· Most disasters don’t make the news, but are just
as devastating to someone who loses everything or worse, someone
· The Disaster Relief Fund is nearly empty. Funds are urgently
needed so that the Red Cross can continue to respond to every disaster
- We depend upon volunteers to provide disaster relief to all who
need it when they need it.
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