Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster

In light of the recent tragedy of the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin we want to make sure that people are taking care of their own emotional needs.  We are on scene with trained mental health assistance and supporting emergency response teams. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the many people impacted by this disater.

Click HERE for tips for taking care of your own emotional health after such tragedy.

Military Appreciation Cruise hosted by the Fond du Lac Yacht Club

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Second Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge

The American Red Cross is proud to partner with the Wisconsin Lions in serving our communities. To help meet the ongoing need for blood, we invite Lions to participate in an exciting statewide challenge.

This summer, Wisconsin Lions members, along with their friends and family, are encouraged to take part in the Second Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge by donating blood or platelets or volunteering their time with the Red Cross beginning June 1 through August 31, 2012.

Each participant is responsible for reporting donations or volunteerism with the secretary of his or her local Lions, Lioness or Leos Club. The top-performing Wisconsin Lions Districts and Clubs will be recognized for their lifesaving efforts, and all challenge participants will receive a commemorative Red Cross pin!

As part of the Live Life. Give Life. summer promotion, those who present to donate blood or platelets during the Second Annual Wisconsin Lions Red Cross Blood Challenge will also be entered to win a $5,000 prize certificate redeemable at GiftCertificates.com.

At Least 3

Things are always more fun with a buddy, so why not bring 3 the next time you donate blood. Check out www.redcrossblood to find the closest blood drive to you.

Partnering for a Better Community

By Lauren Lindstrom, Communications Intern, American Red Cross

United Way funded agencies are teaming up to allow some Green Bay area
seniors to stay involved in the community.

The Hmong Senior Tsev Povfwm Program is using Red Cross
Transportation Services to get elderly participants to and from the
weekly program. The program, which meets Thursday evenings needs help
getting seniors necessary transportation. Many of the participants
cannot drive and depend on the Red Cross for mobility.

The Tsev Povfwm Program, which means “House of Good Health and Longevity,” began in June 2011. Program Coordinator May Kaying Lor knew she needed a service to provide home bound seniors a way to get
out of the house and interact with others in the community. She worked
with the NEW Curative Rehabilitation Inc. to get the program running
and through them, found partnership with the Red Cross. NEW Curative
Sponsors the Tsev Povfwm program and already uses the Red Cross for
its transportation needs.

“We are very happy with the service,” Lor said. “If we didn’t have the
transportation, I don’t know if we could run this program.”

On program day, Red Cross buses are full, sometimes having to make
more than one trip to accommodate all of the seniors needing transportation. Lor’s husband is one of two volunteers to be certified to drive each Thursday.

Participants stressed the importance of having Red Cross transportation and their appreciation for the services.

“I don’t know how to drive, so this is the only way I can get out into the community.” said Chongong Yang.

The program not only gives participants the chance to socialize, but
also keeps them connected with their culture and heritage. Every week,
the program shows Hmong movies, offers card games and volunteers serve
a traditional meal.

“If we don’t have the transportation, I am just going to be sitting at
home and get depressed,” said Bee Lee. “The bus brings me here so I
can socialize with everybody.”

Program participants keep in touch with Hmong culture with movies, food and native decorations.

In addition to activities in the program center, the Red Cross
provides transportation for field trips including picnics and trips to various scenic Wisconsin locations. Participants are eager to keep the partnership between the two organizations going strong.

“I even wish we had more money so we could come here five days a week
instead of one,” said Mee Lee.

Participants can draw, play cards and watch movies from their native Laos.