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A senior couple grateful for support recovering from the unexpected damage by Fiona

A white house with damage due to Hurricane Fiona

Doug and his wife lay awake all night listening to the violent winds and debris crashing against their home when Hurricane Fiona hit. Like many of their neighbours in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, they’d been advised to prepare ahead of time; but when their front door - closed and locked - was ripped off their house with a loud bang at 3 a.m., the severity of the storm became clear.

A white house with damage due to Hurricane Fiona

Meet Denis, a volunteer supporting communities affected by Hurricane Fiona

Denis Lessard wearing a Red Cross vest and smiling to the camera at a reception centre

Originating on the coast of West Africa on September 14, 2022, Fiona’s destructive character took the world by surprise. Reported wind gusts ranged from 100 to 140 km/h, rainfall exceeded 100 mm in some locations and hundreds of thousands of people experienced power outages. Sadly, Fiona holds the record for being the most intense storm to ever hit Canada. Denis Lessard, a Quebec Canadian Red Cross volunteer since 2006, was deployed in Newfoundland on October 2, 2022, following this severe weather event.

Denis Lessard wearing a Red Cross vest and smiling to the camera at a reception centre

2022 holiday gift guide: for a stress-free giving (and receiving!) season

Two hands with red nail polish hold a holiday gift

The season of hot chocolates, slippers and cozy blankets is here. This year, the Canadian Red Cross is making it easier for you with our 2022 holiday gift guide for a stress-free gift giving (and receiving) season.

Two hands with red nail polish hold a holiday gift

Red Cross program supports Merritt’s Plant and Flower Shop after 2021 Floods

An woman, Vicky, standing in front of a store with plants to the side and a dog peering out from inside the store

In November 2021, around 2 a.m. Vicki Hansen jolted out of bed to answer the loud knocking at her door. The 70-year-old entrepreneur was about to experience the scariest event of her life. See how the Canadian Red Cross helped her, and her business, recover from floods.

An woman, Vicky, standing in front of a store with plants to the side and a dog peering out from inside the store

More than a century of tireless service: Celebrating Dilke Red Cross Society

Three older women in a kitchen, one seated with two behind her, smiling at the camera

On December 16, 1916, in the small community of Dilke, just northwest of Regina, Saskatchewan, a group of 24 men and women formed a society to help soldiers who were away at war. Little did they know this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship that would span generations, for more than a century.

Three older women in a kitchen, one seated with two behind her, smiling at the camera

Not everyone experiences chest pain during a heart attack 

An elderly woman sitting on a couch looking distressed with an elderly man sitting beside her looking concerned

If you witnessed a family member who has stopped breathing and is unresponsive, would you know what to do? Fewer than half of Canadians say they have the skills to help in this common and life-threatening emergency.

An elderly woman sitting on a couch looking distressed with an elderly man sitting beside her looking concerned

Connecting health and social care systems with Social Prescribing 

An elderly man and woman painting with a younger woman observing and smiling

We are always looking for ways to provide more resources for better health care for Canadians. Our leadership role in establishing the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing (CISP) will enhance health care in multiple ways. Here's how:

An elderly man and woman painting with a younger woman observing and smiling

Red Cross program helps Merritt Dance Studio recover from flood impacts

A young girl is opening the door to Love to Dance Academy studio while smiling at the camera

The young dancers from the Love to Dance Academy were thrilled about their annual dance event last November. Instead on November 15, 2021, during the first day of the dance event, the entire community of Merritt began to disperse as panicked families rushed to leave town. An evacuation order had been put out due to the massive flooding.

A young girl is opening the door to Love to Dance Academy studio while smiling at the camera

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