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World Refugee Day: Stories of challenges and successes

It’s World Refugee Day on June 20th and to mark it, we’re highlighting some of our stories from this year on the challenges and successes of those who had to flee their homes.

Tips for new homeowners

Moving homes is always a daunting task with many details to remember, organize or update. Whether you’re moving into a new house or renting an apartment, the task of packing and moving is challenging enough, so make it easier with these tips.

What I learned from being totally unprepared for an emergency

A recent power outage left me wishing I'd been better prepared - and helped me learn how I can be ready for next time. 

Summer first aid: Watch out for ticks and Lyme disease

When the vet told me that my cat had ticks that could be harmful to me, I felt a sudden tingle run down my spine. Luckily, the little black dots in my bed hadn’t yet eaten me alive or given me Lyme disease.

A rough day for a response volunteer

Volunteer André Robert has participated in many major Red Cross responses, including the train explosion in Lac-Mégantic and the Syrian refugee arrival, and has worked for various NGOs over the course of his career.

Flowers amid the rubble: A Fort McMurray resident gives back by volunteering

For long-time Fort McMurray resident Jessica Weber, it was a surreal experience returning to the home where she had grown up after last May’s devastating fire. Fire crews weren’t able to reach the house, which was on an acreage that had been in her family for three generations. 

How bicycles help bring healthcare to remote communities in South Sudan

When faced with the challenge of reaching people in remote communities sometimes the best option is also pretty low-tech. Here’s how the Red Cross is delivering healthcare, with the help of bicycles. 

Coming home to pick up the pieces

A house on the river in a small, picture-esque community sounds like the perfect place for a retired couple to settle. But when flooding caused water damage to their Clarence-Rockland home, Sandra and Gordon Killins share their experience coming home to pick up the pieces. 

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