Friday, July 22, 2016

Red Cross Helping People of Hugo during Water Crisis

By Bill Fortune

Hugo, CO, Friday, July 22, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - The Red Cross is rallying to help the people living in Hugo, Colorado, about 100 miles southeast of Denver. A water crisis developed Thursday with the discovery of contaminates in one water tower. Residents of Hugo have been advised not to drink or use the water.
Sam's employee maneuvers pallet into the Emergency
Response Vehicle. Photo by Larry Cornett/Red Cross

The Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado will deliver a pallet of bottled water to the town this morning and a second pallet will be delivered at midday from the Red Cross of Northern Colorado. If additional water delivers are needed the process will continue. Each pallet contains 72 cases of water equaling 1,726 bottles.

The Red Cross will deliver the pallet of water to the Hugo Community Center, 514 2nd St. Hugo, CO 80821.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 66,000 disasters each year. The best way to help people affected by disasters, both big and small, is to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. People can donate to our Disaster Relief Fund at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or, or simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill the following month.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Easing the Hearts and Minds of Military Children

By Bill Fortune

Behavioral Specialist Joe Zutell works with campers
at Camp Corral. Photo by Arnett Luce/Red Cross
The excitement was everywhere. The conversations were lively. The laughter was contagious. The noise level elevated. Kids being kids and doing what kids do best; enjoying the moment and the outdoors, renewing friendships and creating new ones. Five days of non-stop fun and excitement seemingly without a care in the world.

Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, offers a chance for kids to share amazing adventures in the great outdoors through archery, boating, swimming, hiking and just enjoying the fresh air and nature. It provides an opportunity for children to experience new things, make new friend, learn new skills and take risks in a safe environment. The Camp is a free summer camp for the children of wounded, disabled or fallen military members. Founded in 2011 Camp Corral has served over 6,500 children at 23 camps in 19 states.

Campers eat lunch while Red Cross facilitators prepare
for the workshop on Confident Coping. Photo by
Arnett Luce/Red Cross
This year, the American Red Cross in partnership with Camp Corral, rolled out a new Reconnection Workshop designed especially for military kids. Camp Shady Brook, a YMCA camp near Deckers, Colorado, was the first of four camps to host the workshop, Operation 10-4: Confident Coping, that teaches children essential life skills to help them better manage stressful social situation and unique challenges that they face as a military child. Certified Red Cross Behavioral Specialist presented the workshops during “cabin time” at the end of the first two days of camp.

Carol Whitlow, Behavioral Specialist works with
campers at Camp Corral on issues related to stress.
Photo by Arnett Luce/Red Cross

Betty Sullivan works with campers at Camp Corral on
issues related to family stress for military children,
Photo by Arnett Luce/Red Cross
Many times family members didn't know where the dad was going or how long he would be gone. Absences like that can be stressful to the family, especially the children. The Red Cross workshop focused on bolstering strengths that may already exist within the child. Children learn personal strengths for dealing with stress and learn the harm that can be caused by stress. They also learn how to reach out and ask for help when needed. The Red Cross will present the same workshop at three other camps this year hoping to expand to more camps in 2017.

For more information about Red Cross support for military families vist: 

For more information on Camp Corral visit:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Finding Shelter on the Other Side of the Globe

By Molly Cape

Christine and Kevin Patterson
When Kevin and Christine Patterson left New Zealand for a 6-month trip in the United States, they never imagined that they would have ended up in a Red Cross shelter. However, that is exactly what happened to them after the Cold Springs fire forced them to evacuate from the Upper Dream Canyon Campground. After starting their journey in California, they made their way to the campground outside of Nederland. They were drawn by stories of the amazing rock climbing, and they say is “the best in North America.”

When the Cold Springs fire first started, the Pattersons found themselves waking up at night smelling smoke. “We would lie awake at night thinking that this could get very interesting,” said Kevin. After a day of adventure, they were heading back to the campground when they found that the local authorities had blocked off the road leading back to their campsite. They were allowed to quickly gather their belongings. Then, the police directed them to the Red Cross shelter in the East Recreation Center in Boulder. As the Red Cross is an international humanitarian organization, they were familiar with it.

“We are glad that the Red Cross had a shelter for those of us even just traveling through. We were offered food as well as a place to sleep and shower,” said Christine. Kevin and Christine plan to continue traveling through the United States just as they have each year for the past five years. They both said  that this is not the first time they have encountered a unique situation. “We ran across a grizzly bear in Alaska and a landslide in Canada, so we have had a couple of near misses to go along with this wildfire escape in Colorado,” said Kevin.

The East Boulder Shelter housed six individuals the night the Pattersons arrived. All clients received three meals per day, a safe place to sleep, and facilities to take a shower. Campers from Dallas displaced by the fire were also housed at the shelter. In Colorado, natural disasters don’t only displace those who have a permanent residence. 

How You Can HelpT
he best way to help is to donate to the American Red Cross at (1-800-REDCROSS), or to a local charity that is providing support for the wildfire response. Please be careful when donating to unknown charities. Check with the Better Business Bureau before donating.

Fire Information
U.S. Forest Service Fire Incident site
Boulder County Emergency Management -

Wildfire Evacuation Tips
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Review wildfire and evacuation tips at

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


By: Cristina Dal Lago

Dentists often rely on assistants to help them with a variety of procedures. Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care to maintaining dental records. Dental assistant training program is available from many sources including the American Red Cross.

To fill a growing need for dental assistants, a few American Red Cross chapters have partnered with nearby military bases to offer comprehensive training programs. The Red Cross has designed its dental assistant training program to provide education and training as well as experience.

These programs are made possible for military sponsored (dependent) ID card holders over 18 yrs. old; spouse or child.

The American Red Cross and the Ft Carson
Dental Activity graduated 8 certified Dental
 Assistant's at the Smith Dental clinic
 in Colorado Springs, Co on 6/30/16.
Photo by Joe Coleman/American Red Cross
For example, the Colorado Springs area Red Cross began offering a training program at Ft. Carson through a partnership with the American Red Cross, DENTAC and Evans Community Hospital. Dental assistants aid the dental operator provide more efficient dental treatment by preparing the patient, sterilizing instruments during the procedure, holding a suction device and more. This program provides each student with quality assistant training through classroom study and hands on learning (chair-side) within a dental clinic. It is an intense program in which the duty hours are from 7:00am-4:30pm, M-F for six months (approximately 1,000 hours).

Major Matthew Phillips, a dentist at Fort Carson said “I have been here for 2 yrs. now and I already have been through 2 classes of the program. Before that, I went through another 2 program classes while I was stationed in Germany.”  “It’s a very good program.” said Major Phillips “ I had been always working with graduates from past Red Cross classes and it has been nice to have that Red Cross feedback from them.” 

US Army Ft Carson Smith Dental Clinic 
Certified Dental Assistant Tiffany Brown(l) 
trains Lashette(Shay) Jordan on the 
placement of dental  tools at the clinic.
(Photo by Joe Coleman/American Red Cross)
 “About job’s prospects for the students afterwards, it will be always based on availability and clinic needs,” said Major Phillips. "But we have a pretty successful job placement rate."
Lashette Jordan, a student in the program said “I always was terrified of dentists, it’s for that I decided to start the Dental Assistant Program; to conquer my fears. I love everything about the program, The program provides an excellent dental care and I am learning more about how important is to take care of your dental needs, for your overall health.” She went on to say, “Doctors and co-workers are very nice. The doctors teach us very well all the skills and job’s procedures.”

“I can’t believe that I got into this program. It has been a great opportunity for me, the start of my career,” said Lashette. “When I finish the program I hope that I can get a job here, if not I certainly will continue volunteering.” 

To start the dental assistant training program, there is an application process that includes filling out the complete application package, writing a one page summary of why you should be selected for the program and completing an interview. Application dates will be posted in all media on Ft. Carson.