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10 tips to reduce common risks this holiday season

A string of colourful lights lying on the floor

Every year people fall off ladders while hanging decorations, cut themselves while wrapping presents, and trip over electric cables or toys left on floors. There are instances of children or pets swallowing small ornaments, and even electrical shocks from holiday tree lights. So, we’ve put together 10 tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe and merry over the holidays. 

A string of colourful lights lying on the floor

On the front lines of migration in the Sonoran Desert

A man and a woman stand outside facing each other, appearing to be in discussion, with fields in the background

Last November, a delegation from the Canadian Red Cross visited the Mexican Red Cross team in Nogales, a city in the state of Sonora bordering the U.S. state of Arizona. Many of the residents of this arid desert town came from other parts of the country to work in one of the numerous cross-border manufacturing plants, or maquiladoras, that produce goods for international export.

A man and a woman stand outside facing each other, appearing to be in discussion, with fields in the background

Tips to support your wellbeing during holidays

Two dogs staring out a window adorned with holiday lights

The holiday season is approaching and for some, it can bring a range of emotions. It can be a joyful time of coming together with loved ones, as well as a challenging reminder of loss and hardship. Regardless of our circumstance, we all experience stress in different ways and it’s important to find the tools that help you manage. Here, we share some suggestions.

Two dogs staring out a window adorned with holiday lights

Seeking justice for survivors of gender-based crimes in war

3 books on top of eachother

Sexual violence in many modern armed conflicts is a terrible reality. Under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) it can be a war crime. Despite provisions in the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols that explicitly prohibit rape and other forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse of women, girls, boys and men in armed conflict is still frequent and widespread. The path to justice for survivors can be daunting.

3 books on top of eachother

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

Gender equality and social inclusion at the core of gender-based violence prevention in Haiti

Several people standing or sitting, wearing white Red Cross bibs, posing.

In honour of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Canadian Red Cross is highlighting our efforts to prevent and fight gender-based violence in our communities and around the world.

Several people standing or sitting, wearing white Red Cross bibs, posing.

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

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