Help the Red Cross prevent a blood shortage

The American Red Cross is calling on blood and platelet donors to make and keep blood or platelet donation appointments to help prevent a shortage that could disrupt patient care. One in 7 patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion. Give now to ensure blood products are available for those living with sickle … Continue reading Help the Red Cross prevent a blood shortage

Red Cross Responds as Storms Impact California

This information was last updated on Friday, Jan. 27 at 10:00 a.m. Please check back regularly for updates. Since the start of the year, back-to-back storms fed by an atmospheric river in the Pacific Ocean have led to flooding, landslides, roads being washed away, power outages and numerous evacuations in California as several new storms head toward … Continue reading Red Cross Responds as Storms Impact California

Finding Comfort in the Storm

It was a frightening night for the Gonzalez family. Torrential rains and high winds pummeled their car, making it difficult to see through the windshield even with the wipers on high. Forced from their home by the storm, they drove through the night, eventually making their way to the safety of a Red Cross shelter. … Continue reading Finding Comfort in the Storm

Meet the Board: Sivani Babu 

By Dan Santos, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer  “Yes,” admits Sivani Babu, the newest board member for the American Red Cross Pacific Coast Chapter, sometimes people have used the term “renaissance woman” to describe her.  “I’ve been fortunate to do a number of things that I love,” she says.   Babu had three majors in college: … Continue reading Meet the Board: Sivani Babu 

2022 in Review: Red Cross Mission in Action

By Tony Briggs, Regional CEO and Pacific Coast Chapter Executive Director In what has become a year-end tradition, it’s time to take a look back together at 2022. We thank our volunteers, financial and blood donors, staff and supporters who carry out our mission each and every day. In the past year, our teams delivered food, … Continue reading 2022 in Review: Red Cross Mission in Action

Meet the Board: Sabrina Ashjian

By Angie van Lingen, Red Cross Communications Volunteer As an esteemed member of our Pacific Coast Board, Sabrina Ashjian’s accomplishments have given her a solid foundation to be successful in any role she has undertaken, but her greatest leadership vision is inspiring every community member to be a community leader. Sabrina shared some words of … Continue reading Meet the Board: Sabrina Ashjian

Year in Review: Three Volunteers Receive Prestigious Recognition for Their Service to Armed Forces 

By Lucca Lorenzi, Communications Volunteer Three long-term volunteers from the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter were recognized for their dedication of their time and talents to their community’s veterans and current members of the armed forces in 2022. Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteers are there 24/7 to provide comfort and care … Continue reading Year in Review: Three Volunteers Receive Prestigious Recognition for Their Service to Armed Forces 

Meet the Board: Carolyn Forster

By Carolyn Forster, Kern County & Eastern Sierra Chapter Board Chair I started working with the American Red Cross during my 16 years with the Kern County Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Program and grant. I contracted with the Red Cross to bring preparedness education and information to the community. Over the years, I could see the … Continue reading Meet the Board: Carolyn Forster

American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter Announces Visalia Office Opening

The American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter is thrilled to announce a new office location at 208 West Main Street in Visalia. To celebrate, the Red Cross hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting event on November 18, 2022, where Red Cross staff and volunteers, community partners, elected officials and neighbors came together to celebrate. … Continue reading American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter Announces Visalia Office Opening

Santa Paula High School Fire Impacts Nearby Residents

The Santa Paula High School “girl’s gym” built in the 1930's was more than just a historical building - it was filled with memories shared by so many in the community. Generations of students, some of whom now work at the school, shared what that building meant to them from attending prom to practicing with the … Continue reading Santa Paula High School Fire Impacts Nearby Residents