Monday, March 30, 2009

Long overdue Red Cross video

One of the reasons we wanted to spend at least a week here was to catch up on some long overdue chores. Lots of niggling little projects have gotten pushed to the back burner, including transferring our last few videotapes to digital format.

If you've been following this blog long enough, you might remember that we spent Christmas of 2007 in Beaverton, OR, finishing up a Red Cross disaster relief operation there. Only a handful of volunteers stayed behind to close up shop after the holiday, and somehow this caught the attention of the local TV news crew. They interviewed the few of us who weren't camera shy and put together a nice little "feel good" story for their Christmas eve broadcast.

We managed to tape the clip from the TV onto VHS, but had no way to convert the tape into something we could put on the blog. Months later, we bought a video capture device, and today finally got around to finishing the conversion.

So here, for your viewing pleasure, is the video. Okay, this is mostly for our parents, because who doesn't want to see their kids on TV? And it's also a plug for the American Red Cross, because it's a darned good organization and it never hurts to be reminded that disasters don't take a break for holidays.


  1. That was neat! Even George had a few seconds of fame. I think that was George...I get the cats mixed up, but I'm POSITIVE it wasn't Opal.
    And if I've managed to do a double post...I apologize.

    Best to you.


  2. Great job on converting the video. Gives us an idea of what you all do when you volunteer for Red Cross. You piqued our interest when you were talking about it at dinner a few months ago in Sterling. Very interesting and something we may try after we hit the road.

    Randy and Pam

  3. I remember meeting you both and taping this story -- it turned out well!

    If you didn't see it, The Oregonian also wrote a special thank you to the Red Cross volunteers who helped respond to the flood and stuck around through Christmas. I can't find it online at the moment, but I assure you that it was very nice.

    Oregon thanks you!

    Lise Harwin
    Oregon Trail Chapter
    American Red Cross

  4. Thanks for posting the video! Martin wants to know if he can have your autographs in April :) Seriously - that was a very nice thank you to the Red Cross and it's great that you were in it!

  5. Our heroes! Thank dog for good peeps like you.

  6. Dear Louise,
    How nice to hear your voice ! Great video and thank you for your volunteerism. Truly, you and Sean are heroes. I have been following your blog for a while (right now not even sure how I came across it) Just wanted to say hello from Decatur, Georgia. All the best wishes to your mobile family.


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