Red Cross Homeless Shelter Clean-Up is this coming Saturday May 31, 2008!

May 27, 2008

Our homeless shelter clean-up is this Saturday May 31, 2008. We are still looking for volunteers to help out. If you’d like to volunteer please visit our website and sign up – just click this link! We start at 9 am and work until we’re done – which is usually around 1 pm.

The shelter is located at:

809 Cedar Street
Rockford, IL 61103


Just for the kids! At Rock’n for the RED!!

May 23, 2008
Admission is just $5 to attend Rock’n for the Red and there is something to do for the whole entire family. 100% of the money raised at Rock’n for the Red stays to help victims of disaster in the Rock River Region.
Build a Stuffed Animal!
Families will have the opportunity to build a stuffed animal with PAWS in addition to build a stuffed animal for themselves PAWS will donate a stuffed animal to give to children that are victims of disaster (most commonly single-family house fires).
Balloon Animals!
Billy the Balloon Guy will make an appearance making balloons for everyone in the whole family. Billy can make anything from bunnies to pirate swords and everything in between. To learn more about Billy go to his website.
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Bean Bag Toss
Bean bag toss, corn toss, bags, whatever you want to call it’s just plain fun! Kids and adults can play corn toss at Rock’n for the Red – Super Corn Toss is sponsoring Rock’n for the Red check out their website.
Face Painting!
Want to become a kitty cat, tiger, pirate, or even Spiderman? You can and our face painters at Rock’n for the Red are there for you! Let your imagination be your guide.
Meet a Firefighter!
The fire department will be at Rock’n for the Red with many different interactive stations are set up showing children and parents what the Fire Department does for the community.

Tie Dye a T-Shirt!

Earthquake in China: Yao Ming PSA

May 20, 2008

If you’re an NBA fan, you probably caught Yao Ming’s PSA during the game over the weekend.


He is helping us get the word out that survivors of the earthquake in China need our assistance.


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Family First Aid and Preparedness – New Release

May 16, 2008

The fourth volume in the Be Red Cross Ready Safety Series, A Family Guide to First Aid and Emergency Preparedness provides crucial information needed during a medical emergency or regional disaster, and also serves as a resource parents can use to teach their children how to respond to these types of emergencies. The tabbed, full color reference guide also includes a companion DVD that enhances learning with demonstrations of the steps needed to prepare for and respond to an emergency. The guide takes a positive approach to learning, and fun interactive activities get the whole family involved. Topics include:

  • Preventing injuries
  • How to respond to medical emergencies
  • Creating a family emergency preparedness plan
  • Assembling an emergency preparedness kit
  • Activity pages to help parents present preparedness information to children
  • Special instructions for specific disasters
  • Purchase this new guide online at My Red Cross Store

    6 Reasons to Learn CPR

    May 14, 2008
    • 80% of Cardiac Arrests happen in the home
    • Only 6.4% of Cardiac Arrest Victims survive because people witnessing the incident do not know CPR
    • Over 200,000 people die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year.
    • 50,000 of the 200,000 deaths yearly could be prevented
    • For Every minute that an AED is unavailable, the victim has a 10% less chance of survival
    • Once the heart stops beating, brain death occurs in 4 to 6 minutes.Performing CPR provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs to give the victim the best chance of full recovery after EMS takes over.If CPR is given within the first four minutes of a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival double.
    Call (815) 963-8471 and sign up for a CPR class today! Or visit our website at

    Did you know the Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross is on MySpace & YouTube?

    May 14, 2008

    Yes, we are on MySpace and it’s a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on at our chapter.

    Be our friend today it’s free and a great way to keep in touch. In addition to our MySpace page we also have a YouTube Channel.

    Right now our channel has a few videos and our mini-movie promoting Rock’n for the Red. If you have a video you’d like to share that relates to the Red Cross please contact us. These are just a couple of ways for you to find out what’s going on at the Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross.

    Compression Only – First Aid and CPR for Everyone

    May 14, 2008

    As part of a national campaign encouraging Americans to Be Red Cross Ready, the American Red Cross has developed the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit — an at-home tool for practicing compression-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

    The First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit is a portable, reasonably priced practice tool that can be used at home, in the office, in classrooms or anywhere it is convenient to practice your skills. The box set features an illustrated guide to demonstrate hand placement on the chest and a compression practice tool to help measure just the right amount of pressure needed to properly administer chest compressions.

    Other items included in the kit are the full-length DVD and Emergency First Aid Guide. The kit also includes a full-length instructional DVD, featuring Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning, with easy to follow outlines for basic first aid, building a first aid kit, warning signs of a stroke and what to do in a cardiac emergency. The accompanying Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide is a useful tool to quickly reference the skills demonstrated on the DVD. As a bonus, the kit comes with the Emergency Action Steps Wallet Card, which offers instructions and a full pictorial on how to help someone suffering a cardiac emergency.

    As the nation’s leading provider of CPR training, the Red Cross developed the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit in order to address the merits of compression-only CPR and the public’s concern for performing rescue breathing. While this innovative product is not intended to replace the skills learned or the certification gained by participating in a Red Cross training course, the product does allow the public to become familiar with relevant lifesaving information and skills.

    Put a new spin on your next holiday party or family get-together by throwing a CPR Party. Across the nation people are replacing the usual party games with CPR parties that are not only fun but help everyone learn potentially lifesaving skills. First Aid and CPR for Everyone makes a great party favor for people of all ages.

    First Aid and CPR for Everyone, along with other unique holiday gifts, can be purchased online through the local Red Cross Chapter or online at

    To find out how to receive full Red Cross First Aid and CPR/ Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and certification, contact your local chapter at 815.963.8471

    The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

    SOURCE American Red Cross