Monthly Archives: December 2009

Stuff the Bus


Mike: Hello American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter. This is Mike, may I help you?

Karen (President of Santa Maria Nighttime Kiwanis Club): Hey Mikey. We need your help. We’re going to fill 5 buses with stuff to help our partners this holiday season. We need a place to separate the stuff and Volunteers to unload buses.

Mike: What kind of stuff are you stuffing the buses with?

Karen: Regular Stuff.

Mike: Yea, but what kind of stuff?

Karen: Food for the Food Bank, laundry detergent, toiletry items, toys & games for kids, disposable diapers, coats, gloves, shoes, clothes and maybe some holiday trees and ornaments for the Good Samaritan Shelter & Domestic Violence folks. Dog food, cat food, bowls, toys, beds, all kinds of animal stuff for the Human Societies’ Shelter.

And thus 2009 Stuff the Bus x 5 commenced. Buses were parked all over Santa Maria at elementary schools, churches, car dealerships and department stores. Santa Marians braved the rain to help Stuff the Bus!

Over 50 Volunteers from the Good Samaritans, Humane Society, Righetti, Santa Maria and Delta Red Cross Clubs, Santa Maria Youth Corps and Kiwanis, unloaded 5 school buses stuffed to capacity.

The Food bank hauled off 500 lbs. of food for holiday dinners! There were bicycles, toys, games, stuffed animals, Holiday trees with all the trimmings; everything you want to make a Happy Holiday!

In a year when merry and happy holidays were a dream for some, we helped make it a reality!


I Love A Parade!


This year, the Cabrillo & Lompoc Red Cross Clubs worked together to decorate the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for the Lompoc Holiday Parade. After they were finished, it looked like a holiday bulb store threw up and it was beautiful! Paige Hurlbut, Grace Barton, Lauren Dalton and an out of control Adult Advisor, Carolyn Gentry, helped Monica Gaitan, Brittany Juarez, Chris Aldama and Gold Vang blind onlookers with the brilliance of the season.

Our sleigh (ERV) drew mobs (6 kids on BMX bikes) of onlookers. The crowd became so hypnotized with the creative genius that a fan lost his balance and became a victim of that terrible BMX ailment; road rash knees! Luckily the Red Cross Clubs ran to the rescue and put their first aid training to good use.

The parade was outstanding and featured our own AmeriCorps member, Ursula Rogers, serving as MC and giving a running account of events to the Lompoc crowd.

But wait there’s more! The next parade to astonish and amaze was the Santa Maria Parade of Lights.  Red Cross Volunteers Curtis, Christina, Austin and Kevin Fisher with the guidance of Ursula, designed and built a float to showcase KCOY’s on air talent. Now known as the 9th Wonder of the World, our Red Cross float put the pyramids to shame. The Righetti, Delta & Pioneer Valley Red Cross Clubs all represented during the parade. Big thanks to Ashley Heath, Alice Lee, Alice Jun, Joey Lopez, Elysha Cortez, Quinn Cachula, Tina Morgan and Giovanna Rodriguez.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!

Adventures of Red Cross Super Heroes


Recently, there occurred a gathering not seen since the days of the Justice League…that’s right…I’m talking about Red Cross Clubs across the county joining forces at Leadership Training!

With super-human powers, these high school students defeated the dreaded Public Speaking enemy. Veteran Club Red Delegates transformed into mentors and shared their Public Speaking prowess with peers.  Through only the strength of their words, Club Members managed to sell seemingly worthless items to the entranced audience.

The breath-taking feats did not stop there. Led by the hilarity and genius of Monty Python, these titans of strength learned the power of Conflict Resolution. Now armed with knowledge, our heroes can confront conflict with confidence and maturity.

The next obstacle tackled was the deceivingly simplistic Goal Setting. We know our super heroes want to save the word, but how? Set some SMART goals!

S – Specific M – Measurable A – Attainable R – Realistic T – Timely

With the powers of Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking and Goal Setting, our superheroes are ready to set out on another Red Cross adventure!

All those heroes unable to attend the Leadership Training have no fear! Mark your calendars for January 14th from 4 – 7pm and meet us in Santa Barbara (2707 State St.) or Santa Maria (3030 Skyway Dr.) for another daring adventure!

What did the Super Heroes have to say?

I learned a lot of useful tips for resolving conflicts and gained valuable experience as a public speaker. – Katie –

The training program provided the Club with an opportunity to interact with the neighboring Clubs and find out what plans they have for the future! – Sam –

This was a really great experience and I feel that it will really help our Club be the best it can be.  Actually no because that sounds extremely cliché. – Kesley –

This leadership training was great!  Candy, pizza, and selling strange objects?  Five stars. – Vanessa –

Leadership training was both fun and informative.  I liked watching a Monty Python sketch about conflict and performing skits about public speaking. – Christina –

Managing conflict lecture was great, because it is the fundamental thing to know to organize people well. – Shoko –

The leadership training was fun, interesting and awesome because it helped you with so many different topics. – Courtney –

The leadership training was very helpful because I got to practice Public Speaking by teaching it. – Manpreet –

I had fun meeting new people and doing different activities to help my leadership and public speaking skills.  I really enjoyed the activity of public speaking. – Lindsey –

Wonderful experience with lots of awesome training! – Inhye –

The training was great for the high school and college clubs to interact with one another. – Ashleigh –

I liked the leadership training because it taught us how to resolve issues and be more confident. – Sydney

The leadership training taught me how to be a better listener and problem solver.  It was also a great way to unite the high school students with college students. – Rita –

Pizza was great, people were friendly, and I learned lots of new skills to help my public speaking skills!  I had a great time and met lots of cool people! – Caleb –

It was fun and interactive way to meet new people who are also involved with the Red Cross and learn about what they are doing. – Megha –

The Leadership Training was very informative, hands-on and engaging; all the activities were beneficial. – Helen –