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Red Cross SmartStart offers an injury prevention program for newcomers

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In 2018, Faith Okolie and her family arrived in Montreal as refugees from Nigeria. They were in danger and sought safe haven in Canada. They found it, and now Faith teaches newcomers in Winnipeg how they can stay safe in their new homes.

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Newcomer doctor duo on deployment

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Sepideh Alvandi and Vahid Zolfagharimoheb are married physicians from Iran who arrived in July 2021 to make Canada their new home.
The couple wasted no time applying their professional skills and humanitarian drive to help others in need in their new country.

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Supporting children with vaccination: A Red Cross mom shares her story

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It’s one thing to plan and prepare teams to support children aged 5 to 11 years old for the COVID-19 vaccination, it is an entirely different experience to support your own children through this experience. Robyn Emde, mental health and psychosocial support lead at Canadian Red Cross shares her own experience with this.

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Top stories of 2021: our year in review

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Despite it all, this year brought about inspiring and touching stories that resonated with our readers. We looked at the most popular stories from 2021 and brought them together for us to enjoy again as we end 2021.

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Welcome to Canadian winter: After the winter storm

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The blizzard has finally passed. The ice storm has stopped raging. Your home is snowed in and the power is out, though thankfully your household members are safely inside. For many newcomers, the aftermath of a winter emergency requires a safe and strategic approach, including advanced planning.

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Restoring Family Links program helps bring closure and healing

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When Cristina Austin asked for the Canadian Red Cross’ assistance in January 2020, she had just one question: “What happened to my grandfather?” A first generation Canadian, born to German immigrants who arrived in Montreal in the early 1960s, Cristina was inspired to look into her family history for many reasons.

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Volunteering during a pandemic, Baxter Canada supports Toronto Mobile Food Bank

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Baxter Canada has supported Canadian Red Cross programs for years, helping Canadians when they need it the most, and, despite a global pandemic, has continued to provide support to several programs, including the Mobile Food Bank. Baxter has maintained a steady roster of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic when volunteer support was limited.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Practical gifts that will help

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While many Canadians are hunting for the perfect holiday gifts for those they care about, the Canadian Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide offers many thoughtful and practical gift options that can easily be ordered online from our e-Shop.

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