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American Red Cross hosts open house

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By Kirsten Laskey

The open house for the local American Red Cross service station revealed a familiar setting. After years of being located in the municipal building, the Red Cross returned to its old location at 2150 Juniper St.Its return was celebrated with food and music. “It feels good,” Kathy Seguara, service center manager, said. Just the response from the community is rewarding.”She added people have commented about how nice it was to see the Red Cross flag hung outside.Seguara said the Red Cross returned to the little house nine months ago because of the reconstruction occurring at the municipal building.Marge Wolfe, a former Red Cross volunteer, said the reason why the Red Cross left the 2150 Juniper Street was “there wasn’t enough room.”With materials, classes and offices, the staff was always looking for a bigger place, she said. However, “we always loved this place,” Wolfe said.The event was more just to reintroduce the community to building; it also presented Cindy Adams, the new regional chief executive officer, to the community. The region Adams is in charge of is the Mid-Rio Grande Chapter.She said she is in charge of 20 counties including Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espaola, Belen and Clovis.“I’ve been trying hard to met people in all of the communities we serve,” she said.Adams said she is pleased to be serving these communities. “I love New Mexico,” she said.The services the local service station including responding to fires, such as the one that occurred last week. “We provide immediate emergency assistance to people involved with natural or man-made disasters,” Adams said.Additionally, she said Red Cross staff and volunteers offer training in cardio pulmonary resuscitation and first aid.The Red Cross also partners with the YMCA to offers swimming and safety classes.“We also are the conduits for families with a family member in the military,” Adams said.She explained the Red Cross serves as a communication channel for families who have a loved one in the armed services to deliver emergency messages.Adams said she is very proud to be the new regional CEO and “so appreciative of the donors and volunteers who support the Red Cross.”The Red Cross office here – located in the building between Fuller Lodge and the Betty Ehart Center – is open every day for your assistance.It is open from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Wednesday and is staffed by local volunteers.It is also open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and is staffed by Red Cross staffers from Santa Fe and Albuquerque.Volunteers and staff attend many meetings and events throughout the week, so operating hours may vary.For information, call the local office at 662-7165.