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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.