Posts Tagged ‘Red Cross’

Tiny Belle Arina Brings Joy-For The Second Time

 Her bluish colored tongue was lying on the lap of the frantic driver rushing to the hospital and her head seemed to be attached to her neck by only her skin. The two-and-a-half-pound Yorkshire Terrier had fallen three feet off her owner’s lap onto hard flooring after hearing the doorbell ring. Tiny Belle Arina lay lifeless as children Luke (13) and Caroline (7) were hysterically screaming. Their mother Tricia, grabbed car keys and the paralyzed pet and ran to the car to head to the closest veterinary hospital.


On the seemingly longest drive of her life, Tricia prayed for the recovery of their family pet. She kept crying, “I will praise you every day of my life if you let her live.”

 Tricia kept thinking how traumatic this would be for her children to witness such a horrific ending to a beloved member of their family.

 Before reaching the hospital, the limp body of Belle moved as she took a small breath.


With a glimpse of hope, Tricia and her husband waited for the x-ray of Belle to be interpreted by the doctor. The report was not positive and they were told to go immediately to the emergency veterinary hospital. Belle was then put on oxygen to help her breathe.

 Tricia prayed for 20 minutes and then the doctor came in and said Belle was fine and could be taken home. They had no explanation for Belle’s condition, and Tricia truly believes this was a faith building event and a sign from the Lord. When they returned home, Luke was in the front window on his knees praying to spare Belle her life.

The family is much richer in faith and love because of the smallest member, Belle Arina.

Greensboro chapter of the American Red Cross offers CPR classes to save the lives of our pets.

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I Could Have Saved My Pet-If I Knew CPR

Shirley Sanders a third year volunteer at the American Red Cross Greensboro Chapter gave a short excerpt on several classes offered at the facility including Pet CPR. After watching Shirley perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a fluffy and synthetic Dalmatian, I probably could have been able to save my pet. After she brought Spot out of unconsciousness, Shirley thoroughly reviewed the components of an emergency first aid kit including; a blanket, hand sanitizer, whistle, scissors, gauze bandages of various sizes, bandage tape, portable drinking water, cold pack, eye dropper, a two liter bottle cut off at the spout, nylon leash, pediatric rectal thermometer , water-based sterile lubricant, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol to name a few. The purpose of the kit is to provide temporary comfort and stability while transporting the animal to the veterinary or emergency hospital.

Before you think your pet will need CPR, make sure they are unconscious by checking their breathing. Place your hand in front of their nose and be sure not to block their air intake. Also, check your pet’s heartbeat where their left elbow touches the chest by placing your ear. If your pet is not breathing, quickly place your finger in the mouth and pull out the tongue, looking for foreign objects. If nothing is in the throat, gently move neck until it is straight. If it is apparent the neck is injured, do not move. Close your pet’s mouth and place your cut off two liter bottle over nose and mouth and gently blow until the chest expands. Continue rescue breathing once every 5 seconds and periodically check for foreign objects. The next step for unresponsive pets, are chest compressions, which should never precede the rescue breathing technique. Lay pet on right side (heart is located on the lower left side of chest). Place one hand directly on the heart and the other hand should support the chest by holding the underside of the heart. Press down on their heart about one inch if they are medium sized, press harder for larger and softer for smaller. Ferrets, cats and other small pets should only receive chest compressions with the thumb and forefingers of only one hand. The approximate count for larger animals is 80-120 per minute and 10-150 for smaller pets. Continue compressions and rescue breathing until you can hear a heartbeat or normal breathing. Carry them to the vehicle and take them to your veterinary as soon as possible. They stand a better chance of survival if pet owners are well educated and prepared for such events.

Shirley stated that Pet CPR was a great class for dog trainers in addition to pet owners. Classes can range from 9- 30 individuals and schedules are listed on the website at http://www.redcross.org, listing your local chapter’s phone number. A four-hour class could save many beloved pets in your community, and the nominal fee supports an organization that saves many two and four legged lives.

The American Red Cross is More than Giving Blood–Take a Tour and Find Out

Other classes provided at the Greensboro Red Cross are; Stress Management Busters (great for corporate), Infant or Adult CPR and Babysitter or Lifeguard Training. Tours are also available for those curious and who want a close up look of what the Greensboro Red Cross is all about. Last tip from Shirley, if you think your pet is dehydrated or has been burned, NEVER apply or let the pet ingest cold water. Cool water is highly recommended to quench their thirst and soothe the wounds. Thank you Shirley, and stay cool this summer.

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Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross-

  • Prevent
  • Prepare
  • Respond

to emergencies.

The Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross is now providing tours for our community. Schedules are located here.

Donating blood is just one division of the American Red Cross.

The Emergency Services provided are:

  • Service to Armed Forces-relay messages and comfort those who have received unfortunate news
  • International-messaging, for example connecting with Haiti Red Cross contacting loved ones
  • Disaster- in the Greensboro area, 7 teams of 7 volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, everyday as needed by our community. Just this year alone, volunteers responded to 27 fires by closely working with the Fire Departments.

Other services and classes:

  • Back injury prevention
  • Your Heart Matters
  • CPR-individuals, babysitters, pet
  • Life Guard

Nicki trains others to save lives.

One cannot contract AIDS by donating blood, a common myth. Below is a picture of the amount of blood each of us carry.

97% of the workforce at the Red Cross are Volunteers, including Ed. He has been donating blood for, well, a long time. An individual must be 18, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health at the time of donation. Our blood is replenished within 48 hours and the waiting period is only 8 weeks between donations. I did not know just 1 pint of blood is separated, possibly to save 3 lives.

They are in need of O and B negative blood and unfortunately only 5% donate blood. The Red Cross is only working on a 3 day supply. 72% of people will need blood within their lives before they reach the age of 75.

The Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross is not funded by the U.S. government and solely survives on individual donors. They are a neutral organization, touching all lives at some point.

Visit our local Red Cross for a tour and see what you can do to help our community.



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History of March is Red Cross Month

Each year the President of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” The American Red Cross uses this opportunity to promote its services to the American public and for fund-raising. How did this tradition come about?

For the first quarter century of its existence, the Red Cross held no regular fund-raising drives. Since Clara Barton created the organization in 1881, it was largely dependent for publicity and funds on the spontaneous support of people who learned of catastrophic events and the Red Cross response to them mainly through the newspapers and by word of mouth.

This rather haphazard manner of operating changed abruptly in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. After declaring war, President Wilson ordered the American Red Cross to raise funds to support its aid to the military as mandated by the Red Cross Congressional charter. In response, the Red Cross held its first national War Fund drive in June 1917 and set a goal of $100 million, an astoundingly large sum at the time. Under the circumstances, however, the public response was immediate and overwhelming. Within a few days more than $115 million was raised. Then in December 1917, the Red Cross held its first “Christmas Roll Call,” asking people to give at least $1 to join the organization’s membership rolls. This drive also proved highly successful, as did an additional War Fund drive and another Roll Call in 1918, the last year of the war.

After the war, the Red Cross decided to make the Roll Call an annual, late fall membership and fund-raising drive. In addition, it conducted special appeals from time to time in response to major disasters, such as the Dust Bowl drought of the early 1930s and periodic flooding on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

In November 1941, with war in Europe, the Red Cross conducted a highly successful 25th Annual Roll Call. A few days later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. As it had done in the previous World War, the Red Cross responded immediately by declaring a War Fund campaign. By June 1942, it had raised more than $66 million.

Rather than go back to the public with a third appeal in one year, the Red Cross decided to cancel its 1942 Roll Call. Instead, after discussions with President Franklin Roosevelt, the honorary chairman of the Red Cross, the whole month of March 1943 was declared “Red Cross Month” and a goal of $125 million was set, the biggest amount ever asked for in one campaign by any American organization. Again, the response was overwhelming. It took less than six weeks to reach the target and by June 1943 donations totaled nearly $146 million. Roosevelt called it the ” . . . greatest single crusade of mercy in all of history.”

This success caused the Red Cross to repeat the March drive during the remaining years of the war and then to make it the occasion of its annual membership and fund-raising efforts ever since. (As a historical footnote, the last radio speech President Roosevelt gave, a few days before his death, was in support of the 1945 Red Cross campaign.) As part of the tradition, the President customarily issues a proclamation each year declaring March as Red Cross Month.

Our Local Chapter of the American Red Cross is Located at-1501 Yancyville Rd. Greensboro, NC 27405, 336.333.2111

Tours are also available by contacting Connie Thompson at thompsoncon@usa.redcross.org

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The second Thursday of each month, Mount Pisgah Church in Greensboro(across from Lowes on Battleground) holds a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group led by Keith Cutler (also a Red Cross Volunteer). The support meeting begins at 1:30.

During the meeting, approximately 25 people, male and female ages 50-75 sat comfortably in circular form. For this particular meeting, Lynne Goodwin, a jazz singer was performing while accompanied by a guitarist named John. Keith tries to engage the group in different types of therapy. Art therapy was introduced to the group as well.

Some comments regarding Parkinson’s diseases were:

  • Could be genetic
  • Display tremors
  • Could occur after being exposed to pesticides and herbicides
  • No cure
  • Neurological disease
  • The loss of a particular chemical in the brain responsible for telling muscles to move
  • Loss of balance
  • Movement disorder
  • Some people who have Parkinson’s Disease later develop Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease is not fatal
  • Parkinson’s Disease medication leaves patients craving sex and chocolate and increased tiredness
  • Medication, exercise, yoga, and dancing helps slow the disease and patients retain better balance
  • Feeling of a thick tongue
  • Difficulty speaking certain words
  • Softer voice
  • Difficulty with fine motor skills (buttoning and zipping clothes)
  • Usually those 50-60 are diagnosed (Michael J. Fox was diagnosed at the age of 29)
  • There is no test to diagnose Parkinson’s Disease, it is pure observation

Keith and Brian explained how exercise is so important to slow the effects of this disease. They also kept a bowl of chocolates for support group members to satisfy the craving for chocolate. I still don’t believe the sex cravings and think they were just pulling my leg:)

For more information regarding this support group, please contact Keith at 336.282.3024.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Peace Love and Hugs


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