Give back with these 7 ways to volunteer in Birmingham, including United Way

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Want to see smiles like this? Support your local nonprofit in Birmingham. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama on Facebook

This year has thrown us all curveballs, but there’s still so much to be thankful for. Take advantage of the season of thanksgiving by giving back! While you’re making your plans for Thanksgiving, make sure to check out these 7 ways you can donate or volunteer in Birmingham this year.

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Mary and Gary share their experience as Red Cross Volunteers during Hurricane Sally

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Gary and Mary Mattingly, two Red Cross volunteers. Photo submitted

After Hurricane Sally tore across the Gulf Coast, volunteers from the American Red Cross had boots on the ground as soon as possible to aid those affected by the storm. We spoke with Gary and Mary Mattingly, a husband and wife volunteer team, to hear their story.

Want to make a difference with the American Red Cross? Click here to give blood, make a donation or fill a virtual or “boots on the ground” volunteer position.

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How to build your own Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit

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An emergency kit can help you prepare for a disaster, no matter where you live. Photo via American Red Cross

No matter where you live, a disaster can happen at any time, anywhere—even here in Birmingham. It’s important to be prepared with the supplies you might need during an emergency or disaster. That’s why the American Red Cross has developed three key steps to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe—starting with an Emergency Preparedness Kit.

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Your blood donation saves lives. Just ask Khris Anderson.

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Your blood donation can save up to three lives. Photo via American Red Cross

When considering giving blood, its one thing to hear the stats. But it’s another thing entirely to hear how blood donations can truly impact a receiver’s life. We spoke with Khris Anderson, an Executive Director of the American Red Cross and a cancer survivor, to hear how blood saved her life.

Make a donation and save lives—find a local blood drive and set up an appointment today.

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3 ways the American Red Cross is responding to COVID-19

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The Red Cross offers assistance to families affected by natural disasters. Photo via American Red Cross

When you think of the Red Cross, your mind probably jumps to blood donations. Well, at least mine does. However, the Red Cross does so much more—see how the Red Cross is responding to the COVID-19 crisis both locally and internationally.

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Statewide United Way Community Crisis Fund launched in response to COVID-19

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh announced the establishment of the United Way Community Crisis Fund to address the COVID-19 outbreak on march 20, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In a news conference this morning, United Way of Central Alabama’s President and CEO Drew Langloh, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, introduced the establishment of a statewide United Way Community Crisis Fund.

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Red Cross to award John Sherman and Birmingham’s Coca-Cola UNITED for training services

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President and CEO John Sherman, III visits the employees in Birmingham’s Coca-Cola bottling facility. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham is home to Coca-Cola UNITED, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottling facilities in the United States. I sat down with President and CEO John Sherman, III to learn how the American Red Cross helps each Coca-Cola UNITED employee arrive home safe and sound.

John Sherman will be honored at the American Red Cross Gala on Friday, April 3. To attend, you can purchase tickets online.

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Red Cross awards Jeff Stone alongside Brasfield & Gorrie for their volunteer efforts in Birmingham and beyond

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Volunteers at Sound the Alarm get ready to install smoke alarms. Photo via Alabama Red Cross on Facebook

Jeff Stone, Executive Vice President of Brasfield & Gorrie, is being honored at the annual American Red Cross Gala. Read on to see why the American Red Cross selected Jeff as their Volunteer Services Hero and grab your tickets to the 2020 Red Cross Gala.

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3 ways the Red Cross impacted Birmingham’s General Krulak and how you can help now

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General Krulak cheers on the Birmingham-Southern football team. Photo via Birmingham-Southern College

General Charles Krulak is one of the most influential members of the Birmingham community. I sat down with him to learn about his experience with the American Red Cross throughout the years, and why we should consider donating during the holiday season.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Brookwood Village has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome, and donations of all blood types are needed, especially O-Negative blood types. Those who donate will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt. For more information about giving blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

How Birmingham can help people and animals affected by California fires

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American Red Cross is helping those affected by CA wildfires. Photo via American Red Cross

It has been over a week since three wildfires first broke out across Northern and Southern California destroying thousands of homes and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. How can those of us across the country in Birmingham, AL help those affected by the fires? 

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Birmingham companies help those affected by Hurricane Michael, including Bresco and Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. Plus, find out where you can donate.

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Help from the American Red Cross provides smiles to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Photo via American Red Cross

It’s been a little over a week since Hurricane Michael—a Category 4 storm—ravaged the Florida Panhandle. Here’s a look at how companies and individuals across Birmingham are helping those affected by the storm and how you can too.

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