July 9, 2011
An Ironman World Championship participant might have been the American Red Cross representative calling to schedule your next blood donation. Brian Boyle, 25, of the Charles County community of Welcome volunteers in many ways with the emergency response organization, including traveling the nation speaking about why blood donation is one of the reasons he is alive. "I'm fighting for it because I believe in it so much," said Boyle, who is the focal point of the Red Cross Iron Heart Campaign, an awareness effort launched last month by the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region.
June 2, 2011
Maryland Search and Rescue, in conjunction with Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 616, will be holding their annual spring recruiting open house for adults and youth Monday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Route 216, in Highland. MSAR is an exciting Venture Crew coed program that actively trains and deploys volunteers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to participate in wilderness lost-person searches. They admit that the training can be rigorous, but if you enjoy the outdoors, like to challenge yourself and want to give back to the community, this might just be the perfect thing for you. To join you must be at least 13 years old and have completed eighth grade or be 14 years old. Meetings and training sessions are Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and usually one weekend per month.
May 29, 2011
Karimah Crum lost a beloved uncle to the war in Iraq more than two years ago. She was in middle school then, but mature enough to recognize how much support the Red Cross provided her entire family and grateful enough to give back. She set up "A Penny from the Heart" and pulled her best friends Sydney Young and Kayla Ryan into her fundraising plan. The girls placed collection cans throughout Windsor Mill and Dumbarton middle schools and asked their classmates to contribute spare change to Red Cross bereavement efforts for military families.
May 26, 2011
Even children 10 or 11 years old can make a difference that can change the world for others. Kate Douglas has been empowering students in her fifth-grade religion class at St. Louis School for the fourth year by giving them each $10 to donate to whatever charity they individually select. They can donate the $10 directly or do something to make it grow into a larger donation. Most picked the latter. John Reed and Matthew Matthai bought water and chips to sell for Japan earthquake assistance.
May 14, 2011
Tom King grew up at a Harford County swim club, in the house that is now his office and in the pools where he learned swimming, water safety, lifeguarding and instructing. Today, King owns Valleybrook Country Club, which his father established in Kingsville in 1962. He is marking the 50th anniversary year and the club's longtime association with the American Red Cross with a whimsical race Saturday that will benefit the relief organization. King hopes his third annual duck derby will be the most successful, with plans to raise at least $5,000 for Red Cross projects.
May 4, 2011
NASCAR Nation remained relatively unscathed in the wake of the devastating storms that rocked Alabama and surrounding areas. There was a bit of minor damage at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nothing much worth noting at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., which was fortunate to have escaped the wrath of nature twice in the span of a few weeks. Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure got the worst of it. He survived what he describes as the "most helpless and scary" moment of his life when a tornado tore through his home in Abingdon, Va. "It looks like a war zone, a minefield," McClure told reporters.