UNC Blood Drive Exceeds Their Goal

The 26th Annual Carolina Blood Drive at the Dean E. Smith Center exceeded its goal by collecting over 850 units of blood this year.

Regional Communications Officer for Triangle Region American Red Cross, Lu Esposito, was exceptionally excited about the results of the drive.

“It went very well,” says Esposito. “We had the goal of 850 units, and we actually collected 990 units of blood.”

In association with the American Red Cross, UNC worked to collect blood given by helpful and generous donors from students, to staff, to individuals all across the Chapel Hill community.

Krispy Kreme, Chik-Fil-A, Insomnia Cookies, and Panera Bread, all participated in the event. These sponsors provided donors with their own extra delicious incentive, from cookies, to donuts, and more, for giving blood.

Prizes were given out to several participants as UNC was able to surpass their own goal by collecting the 990 units of blood. UNC and the Triangle Red Cross have expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of generosity to those who sponsored the event, as well as to those who took the time to donate their own blood for such an admirable cause.

“There is not substitute for blood. People’s donations are really the only option for a blood supply,” reminds Esposito. “We appreciate our donors so much and our partners like UNC that spend months putting large drives like this together, and collect almost a thousand units at one time, during the summer months when we need it the most.”

http://chapelboro.com/news/health/unc-blood-drive-exceeds-goal/

Carolina Blood Drive

The UNC Community has another chance to save thousands of lives at the annual Carolina Blood Drive Tuesday at the Dean Smith Center.

Students, staff and members of the Chapel Hill community are encouraged to donate blood to the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross, which has helped collect almost 23,000 units of blood to save lives and increase treatments in various hospitals since coming to Chapel Hill 26 years ago.

This year’s goal is set at collecting 850 pints of blood.

To thank donors for participating, refreshments from restaurants such as Krispy Kreme, Chik-Fil-A, Insomnia Cookies and Panera Bread are available. Donors and volunteers can also enjoy visits from UNC Head Football Coach Larry Fedora as well as Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, with the chance to win various door prizes throughout the day.

You can schedule an appointment or to sign up as a volunteer by clicking here.

Listen to Ron Stutts’ interview with the organizers:

http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2014/05/29/RED%20CROSS_052914.mp3

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/carolina-blood-drive-2/

Flood Insurance Study; OWASA Blood Drive; Non-Profit Funding

CHAPEL HILL – A new Orange County Flood Insurance Study will be held in meeting room A at the Chapel Hill Public Library from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 18.

Residents and businesses are invited to review the flood hazard and flood risk data.  Beginning at 4:00 p.m., data will be presented on computers and layered over the County’s parcel.  At 5:00 p.m. a brief presentation will be given by the NC Floodplain Risk Mapping Program and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the public may ask questions.

For more information click here.

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On December 27, OWASA will hold an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m. and needs your support.

The blood drive will be in the community room on the lower floor of OWASA’s AdministrationBuilding.  People who come out to donate will receive a free Red Cross long sleeve shirt.

Appointments are recommended to move through quickly, but walk-ins are welcome after noon.

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The Human Services Advisory Board is accepting applications from outside agencies and non-profits for funding during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Forms are available online for non-profits human service agencies serving Chapel Hill.  All applications should be electronically submitted or delivered to Chapel Hill Human Services Coordinator Jackie Thompson by 5:00 p.m. January 24.

For more information call Jackie Thomson at 919-968-2760.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/flood-insurance-study-owasa-blood-drive-non-profit-funding/

Typhoon Aftermath: Triangle Red Cross Helps Families Locate Relatives

CHAPEL HILL – As the death toll from typhoon Haiyan nears 4000, efforts here in the Triangle are on-going to assist the victims recovering in the Philippines. Lu Esposito of the American Red Cross says that the aid extends beyond fundraising and donations.

“Through the Red Cross, we can try to find that family member and connect the two so that they know that their family member is safe, or they know what has happened to their family in the Philippines,” Esposito says.

Esposito, the Regional Communications Officer for the Red Cross Triangle Area Chapter, says her office is currently working with four families to locate relatives in the Philippines. One case was closed because the family was able to make contact.

The family linking system works on a global basis, pooling together all of the Red Cross’ communication systems. In events like the  typhoon, phone lines and internet often aren’t functioning, and families cannot reach each other.

“We actually have four specialists there now that are working with telecommunications from the United State as well as other countries who have sent telecommunications specialists in,” Esposito says.

On November 8, the typhoon decimated entire communities, leaving nearly 2 million people displaced, close to 12,500 injured and thousands missing, as reported by CNN.

Red Cross workers arrived shortly after the typhoon, one of the most powerful ever recorded,  slammed into the Philippines.

“They are out on the ground looking for those people one-by-one. It is very much as grassroots effort on the ground in the Philippines to find those people,” Esposito says.  She adds, “Our global network can come together with so many societies from so many different countries. The Philippines Red Cross is leading the response efforts and it is the largest global are the largest global humanitarian organization in the Philippines.”

The Triangle Red Cross is helping to collect donations and working with those who want to hold charity benefits. Esposito estimates that more than $60,000 has donated to the local chapter  so far.

On a national level, the Red Cross has contributed an initial $6 million to fund response efforts.

To make a donation, you can call 1-800-RedCross, or can visit RedCross.org.

If you are unable to contact a relative in the Philippines, you can call the Red Cross at 919.231.1602 to initiate a family tracing case.

http://chapelboro.com/news/international/typhoon-aftermath-triangle-red-cross-helps-families-in-locating-relatives/

How To Help After Typhoon Haiyan

I’ll get back to the regular programming tomorrow, but let’s pause for a minute and turn our attention to something that’s really important.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday with 195-mph winds; it’s one of the strongest storms ever recorded, and officials are saying 10,000 may be dead. (For comparison’s sake, that’s about six times the death toll of Hurricane Katrina.) It also tore entire cities apart, driving hundreds of thousands from their homes—and it’s heading for Vietnam, weaker but still extremely strong, so the devastation may not be over.

The relief effort is already ongoing, but agencies need your support.

If you want to contribute financially to the cause, here are eight organizations currently organizing active relief efforts in response to the typhoon, to which you can contribute:

The American Red Cross

AmeriCares

CARE

The Philippine Red Cross

The Salvation Army

Save the Children

World Food Program USA

World Vision

We’re a long way away from the Philippines and this is just a tiny blog, but if everyone who sees this clicks on one of those links and donates even a little bit, we can raise thousands of dollars easily.

This is the most important thing happening in the world right now, guys.

http://chapelboro.com/columns/aaron-keck/how-to-help-after-typhoon-haiyan/

Flood Recovery Center Moves From Smith MS To U-Mall

CHAPEL HILL – With the recovery from last weekend’s flood entering a new phase, the Red Cross has closed its emergency shelter at Smith Middle School and opened an Assistance Center at University Mall.

Beginning on Saturday, residents displaced or otherwise affected by the flood can receive aid at the new Assistance Center, which will remain open as long as it’s needed. It will be open seven days a week: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 1:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro were hit with massive flooding in a torrential downpour last Sunday afternoon. Since then, the Red Cross has provided 770 meals, more than 2000 snacks, and more than a hundred overnight stays at the emergency shelter at Smith.

In addition to the Assistance Center, the Red Cross has also set up a 24-hour help line for people in need of assistance or information. That number is 919-489-6541, extension 4141.

You can also call the Assistance Center directly at any of four numbers: 903-0676, 903-0677, 903-0678, or 903-0679.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/flood-recovery-center-moves-from-smith-ms-to-u-mall/