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Sleeves Up, Hearts Open, All In …with IKEA-Miami!

IKEA Miami supports the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross by delivering 100 IKEA care kits that will bring help and hope to homesless veterans across South Florida. These comfort care kits consist of everyday items, such as: A Haren washcloth and bath towel, a Knalla backpack and poncho, Kex biscuits, CHOKLAD LJUS milk chocolate bar, bottled water and lots of love!

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American Red Cross Appoints New Executive Director for Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL, September 4, 2015 – The American Red Cross South Florida Region has appointed Robin Hicks Nunley as the new Executive Director for the Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter.
Nunley is a Florida native who graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Nunley brings to the Red Cross over two decades of experience in the non-profit arena. She is a certified fund raising executive. She will support the organization with more than 1800 passionate and committed volunteers to serve over 1.5 million residents.
Alfred Sanchez, Regional Executive said, “Robin’s experience with the world of non-profits is a huge success for the Red Cross. She’s already hit the ground running, she gets it.”
In addition to her active professional career, she also participates on numerous local boards and is actively involved in many community initiatives.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. 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 http://www.redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross. Become a red cross volunteer http://www.redcross.org/volunteer.

Jungle Island Partners with American Red Cross & Miami-Dade County

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With summer fast-approaching, Jungle Island is taking charge to help reduce the number of drowning incidences by offering the park’s first-ever ‘Penguin Pals’ water safety program. In partnership with the American Red Cross and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction invites children and teens ages 17 and under for informative presentations and exhibits on how to stay safe around the water and promote healthful aquatic recreation. The fun course is taught by American Red Cross certified lifeguards with help from Jungle Island’s African penguin friends, who make a splash while displaying expert swimming and diving skills.

Afterwards, participating students are welcome to enjoy Jungle Island and its many animal ambassadors or even practice their new water safety skills at the *Rainforest Riptide, an unfathomable fun floating obstacle course at Parrot Cove beach.

WHEN:

Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:       

Serpentarium and Parrot Cove at Jungle Island

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail

Miami, FL 33132

COST:

FREE student admission with each paid adult with valid coupon

Free Student Admission

*$15 for all-day Rainforest Riptide pass/$10 for annual pass holders

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Every day, an average of 10 people die in the U.S. from unintentional drowning – with 20 percent of them children 14 or younger, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Florida alone, drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1-4. To help prevent drowning deaths, the American Red Cross offers a six-level Learn-to-Swim program for children over six-years-old to adults that is designed to teach basic water safety and aid of others in the event of an emergency. Classes are available throughout South Florida. To find a location near you and for registration, visit www.redcross.org.

ABOUT JUNGLE ISLAND

Jungle Island, a favorite South Florida landmark, is an intimate zoological park located in the heart of Miami, between downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island is home to some of the world’s most rare and exotic animals. Park guests enjoy engaging animal shows and informative exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees. Guests can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on guided behind-the-scenes VIP tours. Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. With its newly renovated Treetop Ballroom and picturesque outdoor spaces including a private beach, the 18-acre park also serves as Miami’s destination for extraordinary events. Discover Jungle Island today. Follow @JungleIsland on social media or visit www.jungleisland.com

Red Cross & Motorola Solutions Join Forces for Fire Safety!

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The American Red Cross of Broward County announced that Motorola Solutions has selected the local chapter as its annual corporate volunteer partner. On December 13th, Motorola Solutions employees joined forces with the American Red Cross as they continue their fire safety campaign in communities across Broward County.

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As Red Cross Volunteers, Motorola Solutions employees checked and installed smoke alarms in residences in the Lauderdale Manor & Kendall Green neighborhoods with the assistance of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.  Residents in these areas have expressed an interest and need for these potentially lifesaving devices. Volunteers also encouraged residents to develop and practice fire drills at home.

“The Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the support of corporate partners like Motorola Solutions,” said Carlos J. Castillo, Disaster Program Officer for the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross. “We feel privileged that Motorola Solutions and their employees put their compassion into action,” said Castillo.

“As a company, we are dedicated to supporting the local communities in which we live and work,” said

Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We’ve supported the American Red Cross in Florida since 2007, and this fire safety campaign is another important effort to support the prevention of home fires.”

This local campaign is part of the American Red Cross’s effort to reduce the number of fire deaths in the United States by 25 percent in five years.  Every year, approximately 365,500 home fires are reported in the United States, causing an estimated $7 billion in property damage and 2,500 deaths nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes that have no smoke alarms or that have malfunctioning units, and only one out of every three American families have created and practiced a fire escape plan.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Making a Difference on #GivingTuesday

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Giving is an opportunity.  You get to give.

On this Giving Tuesday, our family of donors and supporters will have the opportunity to donate to the Red Cross enabling us to extend a helping hand and make a significant difference.   Get excited, and get ready to give something that will truly mean something. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, people from around the world—charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students— will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

Generosity, love, and concern of our neighbors to make positive changes in our community has been a part of the Red Cross culture for years. No matter your sex, race, or creed, the Red Cross works to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.” Our mission is powered by “the mobilization of volunteers and the generosity of our donors.” Without volunteers or donors, the Red Cross cannot help those in need.

Last year, as part of Giving Tuesday, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate this day. Join us in changing the lives of people in need for the better! For every dollar donated to the American Red Cross, 91 cents are used to fulfill our humanitarian mission. Most recognize the Red Cross for our disaster relief efforts on a national level, but we also provide support to our neighbors. Last year, the American Red Cross responded to more than 52,000 home fires. By giving to the Red Cross, you are helping to make this important work possible.

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This year, grab your holiday to-do list, mark down Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 and get ready to give something that means something. We’re counting on you to join us on Giving Tuesday. Let’s make it a holiday season worth remembering.

Join us in the #GivingTuesday conversation on Facebook and Twitter and tell us how you plan to help the Red Cross change lives.

Red Cross Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Today Red Cross participated in the kickoff to National Hispanic Heritage Month at Marlins Stadium.

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During  National Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

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The South Florida Region Red Cross recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month not only during this kickoff event —  but everyday!

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Red Cross Volunteers Attend 9/11 Memorial Service in Ft. Lauderdale

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Today, we remember those we lost and honor all who stood to lend a helping hand.  Debbie Sapp, a Red Cross Volunteer, shared these thoughts and photos following the 9/11 service.

A Moment Never Forgotten

On this day 13 years ago September 11, 2001, I was in my car driving through Hollywood, Florida. When I heard that a plane had just flown into the Tower in New York City.

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At that time, I wasn’t sure about the significance of the Twin Towers. I called my husband who works for a bank in Miami and I asked him if he had heard of the Twin Towers. Of course he had and when I told him that a plane had crashed into one of the towers he said “Yeah right, no way!”

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DON’T MISS THE RED CROSS DESIGNERS’ SHOW HOUSE PREVIEW PARTY!

DON'T MISS THE RED CROSS DESIGNERS' SHOW HOUSE PREVIEW PARTY!

It’s tomorrow night! The Red Cross Designers’ Show House Preview Party from 6pm-9pm at 123 Santa Lucia Drive in West Palm Beach!

Meet the designers and get a sneak peak at their amazing transformation of this exquisite Key West style home! It’s “Island Living” at its best!

Tickets for the Preview Party are $200 and they’re going fast! Purchase yours right now at http://american.redcross.org/site/Calendar?id=102984&view=Detail

The Show House will be open to the public from January 24 thru February 23 with general admission tickets selling for $30.

A series of Artisan Workshops featuring Campion Platt, Nancy Noonan and Stephen Stefanou will take place on select Saturdays.

Go to http://www.redcrossshowhouse.com for more information.

Saddle Up for the Great Charity Challenge!

Saddle Up for the Great Charity Challenge!

Help your Red Cross WIN a share of $1 million!

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, 32 charities will compete in the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. ADMISSION IS FREE. Please join us to cheer for the team competing on behalf of the American Red Cross, Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region. Gates open at 6:00p.m. with the first horse on course at 7:00p.m.

This year, the Great Charity Challenge expects to distribute over $1 million in prizes to our competing charity teams – come cheer on our team and see how much money will support the mission of the Red Cross in our community!

For more information – http://www.ftigreatcharitychallenge.com

Find a member of the Red Cross staff when you arrive to receive a bandana that will help you cheer on our team!

Local Red Cross Youth Council partners with Roundtable of St. Lucie County on Aid Concert

Local Red Cross Youth Council partners with Roundtable of St. Lucie County on Aid Concert

The Red Cross Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region’s Youth Council is hosting a “Battle of the Bands Aid Concert 2013” on January 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center!

The Youth Council has partnered with the Roundtable of St. Lucie County to stage the event. Proceeds will benefit American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the Roundtable’s Kids at Hope Initiative. Sponsors include Big Apple Pizza and Walmart.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

The idea to hold a benefit concert was inspired by members of the St. Lucie Youth Council who are members of their local high school bands or orchestras and who share a common love of music and its calming, healing effects during times of crisis.

In all, four bands will perform during the three-hour session including: Astrophobia, One Last Chance, Seconds from Dreaming and A Night Worth Waiting For.

For more information call 772.878.7077 or visit the Youth Council on Facebook @BATTLE OF THE BANDS Aid Concert 2013.