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November 2013

The Volunteer Voice IN and OUT Fundraiser Success On Oct 21st the fundraiser was held in front of the Red Cross office. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the DFAC had been shut down for maintenance. We made $308 and sold out of brat lunches by 12:15pm. A special thank you to those who donated baked goods, cooked, and served.

October Volunteer of the Month:

Estelita Felten

Howl-O-Ween On 30 October, the Red Cross Vicenza Station hosted its first Howl-O-Ween. Next to the Villaggio Teen Center, 26 costumed dogs and their owners came out for a few hours of dog-gone fun. There were pet costume contests, raffles, opportunities to sign up for the Red Cross Pet First Aid course, and information on how to make a disaster kit for your pet! Thanks to Christina Davis, our Special Events Chair and our wonderful volunteers for making the event a success. A special thanks to the USO and DPW for helping make the event possible.

Red Cross Volunteers: We Need You! Running of the Herd at Del Din on November 7th Anytime from 10AM-10PM for handing out band aids and other first aid supplies Register on

Lunch Fundraiser At Del Din on 21 November (Tentative) To cook and serve food!

November 2013

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Don’t Choke on the Turkey A danger that can interrupt a good turkey dinner is choking. The most common cause of choking is talking while eating. If you feel as if food may be caught in your throat, never leave the room, stay where others can see you and help if your airway becomes blocked. To help someone who is choking, remember "FIVE-and-FIVE Can Keep Them Alive." First, ask the person if they are able to breathe and if you can help. Once you know the person is unable to cough, speak or breathe, have someone call your local emergency number, lean the person forward and give FIVE sharp back blows with the heel of your hand. If the obstruction isn't dislodged, give the person FIVE quick, upward abdominal thrusts. If you are alone, you can perform abdominal thrusts on yourself just as you would on someone else. Thrusts can also be administered by pressing your abdomen firmly against an object such as the back of a chair.

Don't Let the Flu Ruin Your Holiday If you are travelling and feel sick, seriously consider staying home. If you have the flu, there is a good chance you can spread it to others and you will feel miserable doing so. Wash your hands with soap and water (or 60% alcohol hand sanitizer) frequently when travelling, as there will be people all around you who do not follow our first tip. At family gatherings, try and cut down on the handshaking and the PDAs. Now is a good time for your family and friends to learn the art of bowing. Bring lots of tissues - for your own coughs and sneezes and to offer to others for theirs. The guidebooks all say to sneeze into the inside of your elbow or arm if you don't have a tissue.

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Cooking-Related Burns Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents can happen. Thanksgiving is high time for cooking related burns. Minor burns can be treated easily if you remember to save the butter for the rolls and not a burn. For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing.

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Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy. Keep anything that can catch fire, potholders, wooden utensils, food wrappers, towels or curtains, away from your stove top. Make sure your sleeves are out of the way when cooking. Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. Never hold a child while cooking, drinking or carrying hot foods or liquids. Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner. Turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents. Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances. After guests leave, walk around the home, making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.

November 2013

RED CROSS CLUB The VHS Red Cross Club has kept busy during the month of October. They held their first fundraiser selling breakfast at the High School after all the members completed the Food Handler's Course turning a profit of $65. Three Club members, Martin Rosenfeld, Helois Leosk, and Canaan York, helped at the Red Cross table at the USO's Spooktacular, handing out candy and information on the Red Cross. Red Cross Club member, Austin Walker, and Red Cross Club Co-Chair, Vicki Lucio, became certified CPR/First Aid/AED instructors. Four Club members assisted with the Red Cross Howl-O-Ween on 30 October.

Don’t Forget to Submit your Volunteer Hours!

Safety Tip of the Month:

Volunteer Connection is the place to record volunteer your hours. Instead of logging them on paper, just sign into volunteer connection, go to “My Profile,” select “Shifts/Hours” and log them there. We will review them every week and approve them so that they will show in your record. Log in at

November Calendar 2 – CPR/FA/AED class

16 – Babysitting Course

2 – Cancer Walk (Red Cross Club)

19-20 – VHC New Employee Orientation

7 – Volunteer Orientation

28 - Thanksgiving

7 – Running of the Herd

30 – November volunteer hours due

9 – Pet First Aid

Questions, Comments, Concerns? American Red Cross Building 333 Caserma Ederle Vicenza, Italy Phone: 0444-71-7089

Volunteer Voice November 2013  

Vicenza Red Cross Station's monthly newsletter, the Volunteer Voice, for November 2013.