The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

November 19, 2012

Reach out through Red Cross during holidays



With the holiday season rapidly approaching and gift-givers looking for the perfect gift, don’t forget the many donations you can make in the name of a friend or loved one in lieu of a traditional present.

Right now the American Red Cross is offering ways to honor our soldiers, many of whom will find themselves celebrating far from loved ones, stationed in remote locations or recuperating in military hospitals.

In the American Red Cross 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog, the Red Cross offers a variety of gifts you can send to military heroes. You can send a phone card to a soldier stationed overseas to help a lonely soldier connect with loved ones.

Military comfort kits include a robe, shower shoes, toothpaste, and MP3 music gift card and other items that bring a warm, personal touch to a soldier who is recovering in the hospital.

And finally, you can sponsor a Red Cross caregiver training course for family and friends of injured heroes returning home from service. This course gives them the confidence and skills they need to care for the loved one they are welcoming home.

View the entire 2012 American Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog online at american.redcross.org.

But you don’t have to wait until the holiday spirit strikes to give the gift of life.

An increase in donations has helped to stabilize the blood supply in the wake of Superstorm Sandy; however, blood supplies often decline during the holidays and donations are needed.

And just one gift of one pint of blood can help save three lives.

Scott Hill, with the American Red Cross in Beckley, said every two seconds someone in this country needs blood.

“Give the gift of life — It’s a slogan, but it’s what donations do.”

Hill said donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days and he encourages everyone to do so.

“We lost over 11,000 units throughout the American Red Cross because of the storm. Blood drives were canceled because of snow and flooding for about a week.”

With the holidays rapidly approaching, Hill said folks get busy and weather is unpredictable.

“We have to make sure we have enough to meet the need.”

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ee 1.jpg Energy Express makes impact on students’ lives

    Energy Express to him, Matt White says, is all about a “different experience.”

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • maurices Fostering Self-Esteem

    The local Maurices is involved in a project aimed at making the school transition a little easier this fall for foster children in the area.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Children’s Health and Safety Fair scheduled for August 1

    Montgomery General Hospital and Dr. Traci Acklin have announced that the 2014 Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital.

    July 21, 2014

  • Theater to hold auditions

    Open auditions are set for Tuesday and Thursday at the Historic Fayette Theater for the comedy/drama “Belongings”. Auditions will be held at the theater in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. each evening.

    July 21, 2014

  • asb carver 25 years and counting

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor Made Free concert series

    The next free public concert in the Lively Family Amphitheater Summer Concert Series is a performance Saturday at 6 p.m. by popular band Taylor Made.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Energy Express open house set

    Energy Express, an award-winning summer reading program serving 35+ children in Fayette County, will host a free open house for members of the Beards Fork SALS community. The event takes place on Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • rhody1.jpg Stages of life

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • thurmond depot.jpg Explore town’s rail heritage

    Discover what life was like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns as you join National Park Service rangers and Operation Lifesaver on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explore the historic railroad town of Thurmond.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • apt bldg1.jpg Demolition and disposal

    July 10, 2014 3 Photos