Red Cross Youth Take Action in Alameda
As natural disasters and healthcare issues strike California, the Red Cross Youth group decided to take immediate action. With the help of Red Cross clubs from Alameda High School, Alameda Community Learning Center, Alameda Science and Technology Institute, Encinal High School, Nea Learning Academy and others, students came together to organize and help make a difference in others’ lives.
Last year, the Alameda Red Cross Youth (ARCY) accumulated 1,639 hours with a total of 128 active members. Whether helping elders play bingo at convalescent homes, holiday food packaging or serving dinners to the needy, these students are always willing to serve.
ARCY participated in several fundraisers, including UNICEF, to send life-saving food and clean water to children in refugee camps. Its members also sold pins to eliminate measles and gift wrapped at South Shore Shopping Center for the Northern California fire victims. In total, they raised more than $1,580. In the Christmas spirit, students also helped pick out toys for the families signed up to receive them from the Alameda Firefighters Toy Program.
ARCY worked hard this year to accomplish its goals of giving back to the community. They continued to organize and attend different events. ARCY looks forward to teaching family preparedness this spring.