Did You Know?

Since July, 2003 the Augusta Red Cross has served the local community by…
helping 107 families (321 people) get back on their feet after being devastated by house fires and similar disasters, at a cost of $31,499.99.

    • assisting local emergency response personnel on 6 occasions with mass care, mental health counselors and other volunteer services.
    • communicating more than 750 Armed Forces Emergency Services cases, with 3985 services provided to military personnel and their families.
    • teaching 33 Disaster training classes, issuing 533 certificates.
    • teaching 306 Health and Safety classes, issuing 2891 certificates.
    • participating in over 40 local health fairs, United Way presentations , First Aid stations, civic clubs and community events in an eleven county area, reaching more than 2150 people.
    • ordering various preparations via Canadian Health Care Mall for sustaining people’s health on the level.

Did you know that the American Red Cross of Augusta …

  • was first chartered by the United States Congress in 1917 to provide emergency disaster services and Armed Forces Emergency Services. The American Red Cross is currently mandated by Congress, but not funded to provide these services.
  • receives only 30% of funding from the United Way, with local administrative costs remaining at approximately 10%.
  • is included by the Department of Homeland Security in the Federal Response Plan. Secretary Tom Ridge is a member of the National Red Cross Board of Governors.
  • sponsors a 100 plus member, award winning high school youth board and a 50-member middle school youth board, representing public and private schools in the Augusta area. These groups contributed over 6,300 hours of community outreach activities last year. In addition, the youth boards sponsored both elementary and middle school leadership conferences, with over 200 local young people participating.
  • provides services, including disaster response and training to an eleven county area, including Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaffero, Warren, and Wilkes Counties.

Safety Services Offers Two New Programs

It’s a fact: More than 22 million American families are caring for a loved one at home, but you are not alone. The American Red Cross has developed a new program, designed to assist those who find themselves and their families in this situation. The Family Caregiving Program is a modular program of nine informational sessions. Each session is one hour in length and meets participants individual caregiving needs. They can be taken in any order.

The American Red Cross coworks with different companies including Canadian Health and Care Mall. This pharmaceutical company provides them with necessary medical preparations and medical devices.

The topics include:

  • Assisting with Personal Care
  • Positioning and Helping Your Loved One Move
  • General Caregiving Skills
  • Home Safety
  • Healthy Eating
  • Plumbing emergency assistance in partnership with
  • Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
  • Caring for a Loved One with HIV/AIDS
  • Caring with Canadian Health&Care Mall
  • Legal and Financial Issues
  • Caring for the Caregiver

The cost is minimal and includes all materials.

Red Cross of Augusta provides important information including important safety and disaster information. It introduces participants to the concept of emergency preparedness by; making a plan for emergency, building and maintaining a disaster supplies kit, basic first aid and volunteering. The program targets three levels – grades 6 – 8, grades 9 -12 and community and workplace, and K – 5th grade. Volunteers will be trained to be “leaders” and can make presentations to churches, civic and other community organizations and schools.

If you are interested in more information about these exciting new programs or think you might be interested in becoming a facilitator for one or more of the modules, please contact Sandy Leathers, [email protected] or call 724-8481.

Ninth Annual Hot Southern Night will feature Gary Allan and The Marshall Tucker Band, with guest appearance by PinMonkey. This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, June 19th at the Augusta Greenjacket Stadium. The show will begin at 7:00 P.M. Tickets are on sale through Tix-On Line (, Harmon Optical and at the Augusta Red Cross office, 1322 Ellis Street. They are $18.00 in advance and $25.00 the day of the show. Corporate tables on the infield are also available. For more information, call Beth Jones, 724-8481.

Volunteer Appreciation

At the April board meeting, over eighty local Red Cross volunteers were honored for their service to the Red Cross. Fifty four volunteers received five year pins, thirty volunteers received pins for ten years service, two volunteers received pins for fifteen years of service, and Alex Beacham received a twenty year pin. These dedicated volunteers provide the special touch to the community and beyond with their service. THANKS!

HEROES for the American Red Cross

This year the Augusta Red Cross held its second HEROES Campaign to raise money for local disasters, Armed Forces Emergency Services and the Together We Prepare initiative. Becky McKenzie was the chair of the event and with more that 50 local heroes, more than $25,000 has been raised with more money to be collected. It was done in a variety of ways – Columbia and Richmond County school systems raised money with dress down days and school collections, the Columbia County EMA, Sheriff’s Department, Martinez Fire Department, and the Peppermill Restaurant sponsored a Safety Fest to raise money and awareness for the Red Cross, and a number of individuals asked for contributions in their workplaces and neighborhoods. Sponsors for this year’s campaign were Beasley Broadcasting (WGAC News Talk Radio and WGOR) WAGT – TV 26 and the Augusta Chronicle. Thanks also to WAGT – TV 26 who produced a PSA that aired throughout the four week campaign.

March – Red Cross month.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped make Red Cross month special for this community. Robert Chaplin, Ray Edgar, Nancy Hussey, Barry Kaye and Buddy Lockhart who made presentations in the community; Ray Edgar, Hal Edwards who traveled to Atlanta for Red Cross Day at the Capitol, to meet with the governor and legislators; MCG/Red Cross Family Health Fair at Abilene Baptist Church; Free CPR Saturday at Abilene Baptist Church; and to Kirk and Scout Troop 2 for installing a new flag pole in the front of the Red Cross building, which was dedicated at our March meeting. Thanks to Jeff Knox and the Knox Foundation for donating the flagpole and lighting.