Pizza Hut donating 50% of two-day sales to Oso mudslide victims

Pizza Hut restaurants across Western Washington are donating 50 percent of all pizza sales from 108 participating locations today to victims of the mudslide disaster in Oso, the restaurant

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Donate to American Red Cross for a chance to win $1,000

With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Those who present to donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.

"The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over," said Darrin Greenlee, Interim CEO of the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation."

While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.

"Patients in local hospitals often can't take a break to enjoy the holiday," Greenlee said. "But blood and platelet donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends - simply by rolling up a sleeve."

August Bella Blood Drive At Westport Winery

Donors are invited to make reservations for Westport Winery’s next Bella Blood Drive and join the Roberts family as they give the gift of life on Thursday, August 8 from noon to 5 p.m. The winery will accept reservations for up to three donors every 15 minutes during this timeframe. Free refreshments will be provided to donors. Basic donor criteria are available at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-866-236-3276. Blood donors can donate every 56 days. 

Those who elect to give blood will earn a bottle of Bella at half price. A portion of the proceeds from this blend of Tempranillo, Refosco, Primativo, Barbera, Merlot and Syrah benefits the Mt. Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards. Twilight-inspired T-shirts that read “A glass a day keeps the vampires away” will be available at half price.

Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze and musical fence within the extraordinary outdoor sculpture and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information, call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.

Peacock Named Community Executive for Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter

SEATTLE, Wash. - Tracy Peacock has been named community executive for the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter. She succeeds Michael Patton who retired earlier this year.

Tracy is an excellent addition to our local Red Cross family, she brings strong leadership skills, extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and passion for our life-saving work in the community. She is exceptionally qualified to lead the local chapter. - Ed Burtnett, Mount Rainier Chapter board chair

Peacock will provide leadership for the chapter including its fundraising and community engagement efforts. She will also help build community awareness of the Red Cross; manage the local board of directors; and support Red Cross services throughout Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties. Last year the chapter responded to more than 140 local disasters, trained nearly 20,000 people in first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness, and delivered more than 1,100 emergency messages to local military families.

Emergency Preparedness Meeting in Cosmopolis

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. - This Saturday in Cosmopolis the City is holding a Disaster Preparedness Experience from 10 am until 2 pm at the Cosi Fire Station on D Street. The event will feature free Weather Radio programming, and a walk of the Tsunami evacuation route. Cosi Mayor Vickie Raines tells us this program is to intended to help get residents of all coastal towns the information they need to know before, during, and after a major coastal event. Representatives from several emergency agencies will be available for questions and comments including the Cosi fire and public works department, the American Red Cross, Grays Harbor PUD, and the County Sheriff's Department. The event will run from 10am to 2pm this coming Saturday.

Cold & Excessive Heat Policy Development Meeting Held

   On Wednesday January 06, 2010, a meeting was held between Grays Harbor County Public Health, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross, to discuss the development and implementation of a Cold Weather and Excessive Heat Policy for Grays Harbor County. The meeting was held in response to the extremely cold temperatures of December 7 -12, 2009 and the need for temporary warming and housing shelters for the homeless, the elderly and families affected by the cold. A policy is being developed and local shelters and warming stations are being contacted throughout the County to insure participation in the event the Policy is activated. It is anticipated that the Cold & Excessive Heat Policy will be in place by February 01, 2010.

Red Cross Urges Preparations for Strong Winds and Potential Power Outages

Western Washington - With forecasts for powerful winds and heavy rains expected throughout Western Washington, the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter reminds individuals and families to stay safe and be prepared. Some basic preparation and common-sense safety tips will help ensure safety during possible power outages and high winds.

Hoquiam Fire Displaces Family of Four

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter dispatched aid to the scene of a devastating house fire in Hoquiam today. The early morning blaze forced a family of four to flee from their home located on the 400 block of Cleveland Street in Hoquiam. The Red Cross is helping the family with their immediate needs such as shelter, groceries, clothing, toiletries, and medication replacement.

A two-alarm Fire in Hoquiam this morning just after 3am damage a home, and left the attached garage a total loss. Headquarters Captain David Joy tells us the fire in the 400 block of Cleveland appeared to have started in the garage, then expanding to the home. Responders were able to clear the fire just after 6 this morning, the family in the home got out without injury, the cause of the fire, as well as estimated damages, remain under investigation.

Red Cross Pleads for Donors as Temperatures Rise, Appointments Fall

Vancouver, Washington - As temperatures increase throughout the Pacific Northwest, the American Red Cross is experiencing a decrease in blood donation appointments. The recent heat wave has left the Red Cross struggling to schedule blood donor appointments, and nearly 20% of those who do schedule a time to donate do not present for their appointment. The American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood donors to take time out of their busy schedules to help save lives this summer by donating blood. Despite the heat, the Red Cross is conducting normal blood drive operations across the region. You can find a drive near you and make an appointment by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or by visiting www.givelife.org .

"The summer months are normally challenging for blood collections due to vacations and other activities," says Steve Stegeman, Chief Executive Officer of the blood region. "With the high temperatures these past few days, it has become extra challenging. Hospital patients are in constant need of blood, so if you are eligible, please make an appointment to donate soon."