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Thoughts on the Oklahoma Tornado

May 21st, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma during this difficult time of tragedy.

The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma says the following about how to help:

“The best way for everyone to help the Red Cross is to make a monetary donation. Please call 1-800-RedCross, go to or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation from your mobile device. If you want to volunteer please call our chapter at 405-228-9500. Thank you!”

Blood Drives at NLSC

June 1st, 2011

The following update was received last week from the Community Blood Center (CBC) of Kansas City regarding the recent tornado damage in Joplin, Mo.

“Many people want to help, so here is what we need: The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has asked for our help this summer to help replace blood drives that will be lost in the Joplin area due to the tornado. Every blood center struggles to collect enough blood during the summer, and we are no exception. Our summer blood inventory is often at a one day supply or less and we will not be able to help Joplin unless we can meet the needs of our hospitals first. Please help us increase our blood collection during the summer months, so we in turn can help all of those hospitals and patients in the Joplin area.”

This is a last  reminder that there will be two blood drives as part of the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Both drives will be sponsored by the Kansas City Community Blood Center and will be held:

  • Monday, June 20, Bartle Hall, Room 2101 – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and
  • Friday, June 24, Bartle Hall, Room 2105 – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Please try to take the time during one of these days to stop by when you can and participate in this worthy cause and help save a life. All students who register May 9 to August 13 to give blood will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPad. Appointments can be made ahead of time at: and enter the sponsor code “SkillsUSA.”

Note: Donors must weigh no less than 115 lbs and must be at least 17 years of age (or a donor can be 16 years of age with written parental permission).

Tornado Disaster Relief

April 29th, 2011

SkillsUSA is joining the rest of the country in seeking to alleviate the suffering from the tornadoes in the southern United States. Deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the South Wednesday, devastating dozens of cities and killing more than 300 people across five states.

The majority of the deaths have been reported in Alabama with 195 people killed, including 15 in the city of Tuscaloosa alone, where 200-mph winds swept homes off their foundations. President Obama declared a state of emergency for the search-and-rescue response in Alabama and said federal officials had their eye on the storms and would offer help as needed.

We encourage those that are able to donate to the American Red Cross. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Of course local chapters will (and should) have student-led efforts to help the victims of this disaster. We are asking for reports from our chapters and state associations on these efforts and will publish these as best practice ideas for other schools to follow.

Send your stories by clicking the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

Thank you for your support. I know our members will step up, as always, to provide service and support to those in need.

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