The power of the American Red Cross relies on your generous donations and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, employees, board members and community partners — dedicated people who will continue to make a difference for thousands of lives in 2024 and beyond. As we close out 2023, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season, and invite you to review some of our region's proudest and most memorable moments.
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News Story: James Mascaro receives Certificate of Merit for saving his aunt’s life
James used his Red Cross First Aid training by performing abdominal thrusts to save his aunt’s life when she began choking at a J.P. Mascaro & Sons open house last December. He received the Certificate of Merit Lifesaving Award for his efforts.
News Story: Red Cross House offers refuge after devastating fire
When Merrill Thomas lost everything in a home fire, the Red Cross House was there to help him get back on his feet. “From the moment I hit the door, they were warm and welcoming. They showed empathy and not pity. And that changed everything,” he said.
News Story: Red Ball gala raises money for Red Cross disaster relief
The annual Red Ball is our premiere fundraising event that raises money for our disaster response work and supports the Red Cross House in Philadelphia. These funds help families recover from disasters large and small, including home fires.
News Story: Red Cross House celebrates 20 years in Philadelphia
Twenty years ago this April, the Red Cross House opened its doors in Philadelphia, providing a safe, comfortable place where families can recover after a disaster. Over that time, nearly 6,000 families have started their path to recovery with us.
To showcase the important role of blood transportation specialists, blogger Judith Weeks hit the road with volunteer Bob Duaime as he transported blood from our Philadelphia blood center to area hospitals.
News Story: Volunteers place flags on veterans' graves ahead of Memorial Day
Service to the Armed Forces volunteers continued the tradition of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton by placing flags on the graves of military veterans at two local cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day.
News Story: Sound the Alarm campaign helps make homes and families safer
More than 1,000 people living in over 400 homes were made safer during Sound the Alarm – a month-long, national Red Cross initiative designed to prevent home fire deaths. Our teams installed close to 900 smoke alarms in Southeastern PA!
News Story: Donors line up to ‘bleed’ for WMMR’s Preston & Steve
The 18th annual “I Bleed For Preston & Steve” blood drive on June 16th collected 1,169 donations at two locations, bringing the lifetime total to over 19,000 units! Plus, this year’s drive featured an unprecedented 13 hours of live onsite broadcasts!
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News Story: Local teen wins International Humanitarian Law essay contest
Sophomore Pranav Vijay won first place in the 2023 International Humanitarian Law Essay Competition, co-sponsored by the Red Cross Youth Action Campaign and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, for his essay “Hidden Atrocities: The True Price of War.”
News Story: Red Cross implements FDA’s new inclusive blood screening process
6abc meteorologist Adam Joseph gave blood for the first time, on the first day he was eligible, Aug. 7 – the day the Red Cross implemented new FDA guidelines that eliminate broad, time-based deferrals based on sexual orientation.
Six-year-old Leghend was all smiles at a Sickle Cell Awareness Month blood drive held in his honor in September. Like the Red Cross, Leghend’s mom Kieshia is on a mission to educate the community about sickle cell disease.