Wednesday, April 17, 2013
No official charities set up for the aftermath of the explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line yet.
After the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon's Copley Square finish line yesterday, many readers have asked how they can help. The Red Cross reports that they have enough blood donations and financial resources available for the current needs, but are requesting blood donations and blood drives in the coming weeks. From the statement released by the Red Cross yesterday: We also know that many people want to help. Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs. The Red Cross also has the financial resources it needs to support this event right now. We are asking those who want to help to make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks and months. They …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Hand washing is one of the ways to keep kids healthy.
The following information was provided by the Red Cross: Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, up from just a week ago. One age group hit particularly hard is children, and the American Red Cross has some steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick. WASHING HANDS Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Wash hands withsoap and warm water. When using soap and water: If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: SAFETY STEPS The most important thing parents can do is get children six months of age or oldera flu vaccine as recommended by the Centers for …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts is looking for North Shore heroes.
Do you know a hero living here in Lynnfield or elsewhere on the North Shore? The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts has its Annual Heroes Breakfast planned for the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel in March. The nomination period had originally been closed but it now has been extended to Jan. 18. The nomination form is attached to this story as a PDF. The Red Cross says to ask yourself: "Is there a member of your community who has done something extraordinary? Someone who exhibits care and compassion for others?" Those are the types of people the Red Cross is looking for its six awards: The territory for the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts runs from Amesbury down to Lynn and includes Danvers, which will…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
The Red Cross reports that there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your doctor should be consulted immediately …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
With trees, extra lights and candle in many homes this month, it's important to be aware of the fire hazards they present.
As beautiful as holiday trees and lights are, they present fire hazards many people may not be aware of. The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is urging homeowners to use extra caution this time of year to keep the season merry and to prevent holiday fires. The Red Cross provided the following tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday: Christmas Tree Care Holiday Lights and Decorations Holiday Candles