Posted on April 15, 2014 by Ashley Studley
Today marks the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy, and it’s a tough day for us all.
Many of us felt fear, confusion, anxiety and grief this time last year – and those feelings are likely to return today. The American Red Cross is support your emotional recovery.
- Simplify your schedule before and several days after the anniversary.
- Limit media exposure to coverage of the bombing—TV, radio or newspapers.
- Schedule time with those you find supportive.
- Expect yourself to have reactions that mimic your reaction from a year ago, and know these are predictable and shouldn’t worry you. Remember what coping has worked for you in the past and implement those skills.
- If you have children in your life, speak with them in age appropriate ways about what they may experience. Know that behavioral regression in children is common as an anniversary reaction.
Mental Health volunteers will be at the tribute at the Hynes Convention Center today, and stationed throughout the course on Marathon Monday. They’ll have mental health resource cards with them, should you need someone to talk to.
People needing extra support are encouraged to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746, or to call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 1-800-847-0710. Those experiencing acute psychiatric distress can call the B.E.S.T. Team at 1-800-981-4357.
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Posted on April 11, 2014 by Ashley Studley
Plans this weekend? Cancel ‘em and get in front of your TV.
Tune into WCVB’s City Line to catch Chief Development Officer Valerie Navy Daniels and Donna Morrissey, Communications Director of Blood Services, talk about Red Cross efforts during the Boston Marathon.
What: April 13, 2014: Boston Strong: The one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings is quickly approaching and Boston has proven that it is stronger than ever. Numerous organizations have continued to help those impacted by the marathon violence. Valerie and Donna re-live their experiences from last year and how people can prepare for a new year of celebration.
When: Sunday, April 13, 12 p.m.
Why: The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is supporting the community in a variety of ways during the bombing anniversary and Marathon Monday. With mental health support, blood drives and a strong volunteer presence, we stand together, Boston Strong.
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Posted on April 10, 2014 by Ashley Studley
It’s been a very busy week for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.
Since last Friday, our dedicated volunteers have responded to about 17 home fires. They assisted more than 270 people from more than 70 families. That work continues today, as volunteers are meeting with more than 30 people displaced by a large fire in East Boston last night.
It’s fitting that this very busy week happens to fall on National Volunteer Week. Our volunteers wake up at all hours of the night, ready to respond wherever they’re needed. And we’re not the only ones who noticed.
Mark Holden chats with a resident affected by fire
We just received this thank you letter from a Cambridge resident volunteers assisted during a fire in February. Here is what they had to say.
Dear All the Staff & Volunteers of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts,
On behalf of myself and all the residents of 240 Prospect Street, Cambridge. I thank you all for the help, support and assistance that you gave us during our fire tragedy and for being with us during our difficult time.
You kindness and goodness will be forever remembered.
Wishing you good luck and best wishes. With prayers and gratitude.
We couldn’t agree more. Thank you to all of our volunteers.
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Posted on April 2, 2014 by Kat Powers
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts and Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD) have signed a memorandum of understanding.
The agreement was just signed between ADA Advocate Cathy Taylor and Red Crosser Rachel Potts.
The pact formalizes the relationship between the two organizations, and how each is a resource to the other during a disaster. CORD agrees also to come to Disaster Action Team meetings and train Red Crossers on ways disaster responders can be more sensitive and “in-tune” to those with different disabilities. The Red Cross will offer staff and clients at CORD presentations on preparedness and offer staff an opportunity to volunteer.
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Posted on April 1, 2014 by Ashley Studley
We’ve got an opportunity for you to get involved in one of our most exciting activities: Youth Programs.
Students and young adults from all over the state are now forming clubs to support the Red Cross mission. And they need your help.
You can get involved as an adult youth coordinator – mentoring, leading, facilitating and collaborating with these groups and the Youth Programs managers, Shawna Dias and Peggy Dean. Interested? Click here to become a volunteer and you can sign up through your Volunteer Connection profile.
You can also contact Shawna.Dias@RedCross.Org or Peggy.Dean@RedCross.Org.
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Posted on March 31, 2014 by Kat Powers
If International Services of the Red Cross is your interest, on the Restoring Family Links Blog there’s a story from Susan Schaefer about a camp in Jordan along the border with Syria.
The day we are there, the team helps nearly 70 people make phone calls to their families. They also take an allegation of arrest from a young woman. Her husband has been arrested and she has heard no further news, so she wants to see if ICRC can find him in one of the prisons in Syria. They patiently dial phone numbers that don’t always get answered. They listen to so many stories. They give their compassion but they also laugh with their visitors. They build relationships.
Among the duties of the Red Cross is to reunite families separated by migration, conflict or war. Read more on the Restoring Family Links Blog.
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Posted on March 31, 2014 by Ashley Studley
Team Red Cross
It’s been a tough winter of training for Team Red Cross.
With snow, rain and oftentimes frigid temperatures, it looked like the team (and New England) might never get a break.
The sun was shining Saturday morning as members of Team Red Cross ran the 20-mile stretch from Heartbreak Hill Running Company in Newton to Natick, stopping at water stations along the way. Team Yoga Instructor Rebecca Pacheco helped them recover the next day with a special yoga session at Healthworks Back Bay.
The team is now just 3-weeks out from the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon – and only about $13,000 away from its fundraising goal! Click here to support our team.
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