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American Red Cross

UPDATE: Electrical short sparks attic fire while residents inside

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An attic fire that sparked at a Wilmington home while the residents were inside was called by an electrical short. Full story...
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Cape Fear Red Cross looks for volunteers

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videoThe Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross held a volunteer recruitment Sunday afternoon. Leaders say the role the community plays in times of disaster is huge, both in preparedness and recovery. Full story...
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8-year-old sells cookies, donates to Hurricane Sandy relief

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An eight-year-old Girl Scout may have earned a merit badge in compassion after raising money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Rileigh Pedersen of Wilmington raised more $208 selling homemade cookies to her neighbors to donate to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. Full story...
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Officials discuss safety at NC State Fair

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Agriculture and labor officials will talk about safety at the NC State Fair on the day the fair opens in Raleigh. Last year, 25 visitors were sickened by e. coli bacteria. Full story...
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Red Cross looking for 'Holiday Mail for Heroes'

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The American Red Cross is getting in the Christmas spirit for the military. Instead of sending a letter to Santa, why not send one to a soldier. Full story...
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New Red Cross mobile app aims to help before, during, after hurricane

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video Our coastal community is no stranger to severe weather. Although Hurricane Season has been quiet so far, we're heading into the most active months. That's why the Red Cross launched a new free mobile app Wednesday all about keeping you safe. Full story...
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Red Cross makes emergency appeal for blood

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video The American Red Cross has declared a blood emergency. So far this month, blood donations are down more than 10 percent across the nation. Here in Wilmington, Red Cross Blood Center Coordinator Shannon Jordan says summers are always a slower season for donations, but this year, numbers are especially low. Full story...
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Red Cross closes area shelters, two remain open

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The Red Cross has closed some of the evacuation shelters opened yesterday for Hurricane Irene. All residents staying at these shelters have safely returned to their homes. Full story...
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Relief aid sought after NC flash flooding

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Damage assessment teams are sizing up how much damage the Charlotte area suffered from flash flooding as officials look for state and federal financial help. Full story...
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Carolinas blood supply low as fewer donate

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The sluggish economy is affecting blood supplies in the Carolinas, where donors are failing to meet the anticipated demands. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. schools talk money with commissioners over budget discussion

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video Funding for education was one of the main issues discussed during the New Hanover County Commission meeting Monday night. Tim Markley, the New Hanover County Schools superintendent, requested $1 million for their operating budget, the same amount that was allotted last year. Full story...
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Students donate $1,200 to tsunami relief effort

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A Wilmington elementary school donated some big bucks to help the victims of the tsunami in Japan. Full story...
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Tornado sent Sanford woman flying in a bath tub

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Cindy Busick's home and belongings were destroyed by the tornado. The EF4 tornado lifted her house and splintered it across a rural neighborhood in Sanford, NC. Cindy was amazed to still be alive. “I flew a football field length in a bath tub,” said Cindy, who had clutched to her little dog in the tub as the tornado tore through her home. “People have found documents with our names on it 70 miles away." Full story...
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NC Red Cross seeks donors to rebuild blood supply

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Red Cross officials say blood donations have fallen behind in the Carolinas. Full story...
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Red Cross hosts first ever CPR Saturday

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After Saturday, it might be safe to say that Wilmington as a whole is just a little bit safer. The American Red Cross hosted its first ever CPR Saturday, an event that certified more than two hundred participants in CPR and minor first aid. Full story...
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