March is Red Cross Month and throughout the Month we will be promoting our programs and services and asking the community to come forward and support our mission.
Red Cross Disaster Relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs. In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.
The Red Cross also provides food and drinks to emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.
These services are provided by Red Cross trained volunteers. The training is free of charge and there are many classes scheduled for the I-80 Emergency Services weekend April 3, 4, and 5, 2008. Call the office for more information.
Disaster Preparedness is available upon request for interested individuals of all ages. We offer children’s programs as well as preparedness for adults and families.
The week of March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week. Every day thousands of new parents assume the responsibility of caring for and protecting a child. Many of these first-time caregivers are unaware of the dangers of unintentional poisonings often related to medicines and household products commonly found in the home, such as personal care products, over-the-counter pain relievers and cleaning substances.
Young children are curious and use their home environment as a classroom – a place to learn and explore. Exploring for younger children is often done by mouthing objects which puts them at greater risk of unintentional poisonings. For young children who are unable to read, a bottle of orange-scented household cleaner may be mistaken for orange juice; the medicine in the pill container can look a lot like small candies; and baby oil, which can be deadly if ingested, can
resemble a clear drink.
To prevent these incidents, we recommend the following safety steps:
1. Keep all household chemicals and medicines locked up, out of sight and out of reach.
2. Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after each use.
3. Call 800-222-1222 immediately in case of poisoning.
4. When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must
take them along when answering the phone or doorbell.
5. Keep items in original containers.
6. Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using to understand
correct use and dosage.
7. Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach
them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by young children.
8. Always turn the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.
9. Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as “medicine,” not “candy.”
10. Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated
Mr. Yuk stickers on poisonous containers can teach a child these are poison and not to touch.
There will be a Red Cross Auction held at the St. Charles Café to benefit the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter American Red Cross on March 28, 2008. Preview, Chinese auction, silent auction and Hors d’ oeuvres at 5:00PM. When the Chinese and Silent auction close at 7:00, the Bid Auction begins. Items from local businesses, crafters, local artist paintings, National artist prints and more will be auctioned. We have an Antique table, 2 antique chairs, a rocking horse, handmade rocking chair, a 32” HD TV, Overnight bed & Breakfast coupons, gas cards, 1.6 scale NASCAR remote control cars ad Jeeps, a handmade cabinet and quilt rack, several handmade quilts and much more. Items will be posted on our website as they are received in the office. Go to our Web site at for an itemized list and preview. Tickets are $12.00 and are available at the Red Cross offices in Clearfield, 765-5516 and in Brookville, 849-2712.
Health & Safety Classes:
Adult CPR – Clearfield –March 19 and April 2, 2008
Brookville – April 9, 2008
Punxsutawney – April 7, 2008
Infant Child CPR – April 3, 2008
First Aid – Clearfield – March 20, 2008
Brookville – April 10, 2008
Punxsutawney – April 8, 2008
All of the above Health & Safety classes begin at 6:00 pm.
Call 765-5516 to register for classes in Clearfield or 849-2712 to register in Brookville & Punxsutawney.
CPR for the Professional Rescuer recertification/refresher class for lifeguards is scheduled for April 26, 2008 at 9:00AM. Call 765-5516 to register. A limited number of classes will be held. Please try to get an early start!
Visit the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter web site at www.clearfieldjeffersonredcross.org for all the local Red Cross news.
Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule
Wed., Mar. 19 Quehanna Boot Camp 10:00 – 3:30
Fri., Mar. 21 Fixed Site 12:00 – 6:00
Fri., Apr. 04 Fixed Site 12:00 – 6:00
Mon., Apr. 07 Curwensville United Methodist Church 12:00 – 6:00
Wed., Apr. 09 Lake Street United Methodist Church Woodland 12:00 – 6:00
Thurs., Apr. 17 Penn Dot 9:00 – 3:00
Fri., Apr. 18 Fixed Site 12:00 – 6:00
Fri., Apr. 25 Curwensville High School 8:45 – 2:00
Jefferson Bloodmobile Schedule
Wed April 9 Brockway Vol. Hose Co. Noon-6 P.M.
Thurs April 10 Evangelical United Methodist Church-Brookville Noon-6 P.M.
Fri April 11 Big Run War Memorial Building-Big Run Noon-5:30P.M.
Tues April 15 Saints Cosmos & Damian -Punsutawney Noon -6 P.M.
When the fire whistles blow and a family loses everything to a house fire, your American Red Cross will be there to help with immediate verified emergency assistance for help with the family’s recovery plans. With your donation, you can put your care and concern into immediate action. By supporting the American Red Cross you provide the vital funds necessary to support all of our core services. Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 1100 S. Second St. Suite 2, Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 275 Main St., Brookville, Pa 15825. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and an RSVP Station.