SAN DIEGO – November 5, 2019 – The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties operates with the mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. In October 2019, the following key programs and services were provided throughout the region, which covers all of San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as American Samoa:
Responded to 31 incidents, including 18 home fires
Served 22 families including 77 individuals
Provided canteen services for first responders and displaced residents six times
Mission Beach Gas Leak response: The local Red Cross operated a shelter for one night to care for residents displaced by a gas leak in Mission Beach on the night of October 2.
Miller Fire response: The local Red Cross operated a shelter for one night to care for residents displaced by the Miller Fire in Valley Center, which burned on October 25. The Red Cross also responded to this event with canteen services as well as canteen services for the Sawday Fire, which burned on the same day. Several San Diego Gas & Electric Community Resource Centers were also supported by the Red Cross during this time.
Service to the Armed Forces:
More than 720 family members of new military recruits were educated on Red Cross SAF services at the San Diego Military Entrance Processing Station, connected to the Hero Care Network and provided information on Emergency Communication Messages, enabling military members to be contacted by family members in case of an emergency.
Supported educational and outreach events, including pre-deployment briefings to over 1400 personnel.
Local Red Cross services were supported by volunteers who spent a total of 4,230 hours in October to aid the Red Cross mission.
The October 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Ricky Licona. Ricky volunteers with the Red Cross WIC department and is dependable, never missing a shift and offering to cover shifts that are understaffed. He assists WIC staff with the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) by staffing booths and providing instruction to WIC participants on the Farmers Market Program and how to use WIC Farmers Market checks. Ricky interacts positively with all our participants and works with other volunteers and staff in a professional and friendly manner.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program:
A total of 14,511 women, infants, and children received nutrition counseling and support in October 2019.
For more than 40 years, the local Red Cross has administered the WIC program in San Diego County. WIC is a supplemental nutrition assistance program that provides families in the most vulnerable communities with access to nutrition education, breastfeeding support, community resources, and groceries.
Aztecs for Life Blood Drive – Tuesday, November 19 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: For the third consecutive year, San Diego State University and the American Red Cross are teaming up to collect blood at the Aztecs for Life blood drive at Viejas Arena. The San Diego community is invited to join in the state’s largest collegiate blood drive. Blood collected at this drive will help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others have the blood products they need. With the goal of collecting 400 pints of blood, multiple campus groups and associations have joined together to help organize the drive, recruit donors and volunteer time for the 10-hour blood drive. Blood donors will receive a T-shirt and other great giveaways, while supplies last.Visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code aztecs when you sign up.
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About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.