Don’t Get Mad This March, Get Even

Let the Red Cross help ease you through the countdown to the Final Four.  In North Carolina, March Madness is not an event but rather a way of life.  Anyone who has lived or gone to college in North Carolina wouldn’t believe that March Madness began in Illinois in 1908 with the official naming coming in 1939.  One thing we know for sure is that our home grown North Carolina schools, historically, have made us quite proud to flaunt our colors as alumni, students or just as residents of the state.  Some of the world’s most notable basketball players are born and raised North Carolina natives.  Without mentioning any names so as not to put forth any individual preferences here, let’s just the Red Cross Triangle Region is a bi-partisan organization when it comes to basketball rivalries.

In 2014, the road to the Final Four officially starts with Selection Sunday on March 16 and ends with the National Championship game on April 7 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Please note: North Carolina will be hosting second and third round games in Raleigh at the PNC Arena on March 21 and 23.  So while the regular college basketball season winds down with our teams fighting to make it to “The Tournament” let the Red Cross get you started in your March Madness readiness efforts.

We know being a fan is not limited to March but during this important time of year we all become somewhat extremists.  Did you know you could buy all your fan gear through the Red Cross Shopping Mall and earn Cashback while making a donation to the Red Cross at the same time?  Get a leg up on the competition and start shopping now:

By doing all your online shopping through the Red Cross Shopping Mall, the same purchases you are making online everyday anyway, everyone wins.  As a customer, you earn Cashback on every purchase you make and the Red Cross earns a donation on every purchase.  With over 1800 stores from which to choose, from Walmart and Target to Home Depot to Macy’s, you are sure to find all your online shopping needs at the Red Cross Shopping Mall.  Registration is fast, simple and free!

To help you prepare for March Madness check out these special deals available at the Red Cross Shopping Mall:

For all your fan gear, check out the College Basketball Center at Fanatics and earn 3.2% Cashback as a Free member and 9.2% Cashback as a V.I.P. Member.  Free 3-day shipping with order over $50.

Fan’s Edge: Everything for the Fan! Shop by your favorite College Team and earn 3.2% Cashback as a Free member and 9.2% Cashback as a V.I.P. Member.  Free 3-day shipping on all order over $50 and free 365 hassle-free returns.

Get up to 10% off and up to 12.5% Cashback as a V.I.P. Member on all Team Gear at and free shipping on all orders over $45.

Abe’s of Maine: Television Madness! Save up to 41% + a FREE Wall Mount + FREE Shipping! And, as a Red Cross Shopping Mall, you earn 1.6% Cashback as a Free member and 7.6% Cashback as a V.I.P. Member.

Are you planning your own March Madness festivities or is someone you know? Don’t show up empty handed!  Try Cookies by Design’s NCAA Survival cookies!

Everyday Heroes Alex and Judy Malpass Volunteer for the Reward of Helping Others

By: Jaime Lisk

Malpass1Alex and Judy Malpass have served the American Red Cross faithfully for a combined 24 years. Alex began in 1996 and Judy in 2008. Though they would never admit it, Alex and Judy’s contribution to the Red Cross over the years has been exceptional.

Alex began his Red Cross experience by transporting dialysis patients to and from their appointments. Unfortunately one and a half years into performing this service the Red Cross had to cease providing this service+. “After that, I was foot-loose and fancy free.” Alex said. But the Red Cross was not about to let him get away. Alex then participated in several Red Cross classes and was deployed on his first Disaster Response to Pensacola Florida to aid in relief after hurricane Floyd.

During the early years of Alex’s Red Cross experience, Judy continued to work and provide forMalpass2 the family. Since retirement however, she has accompanied Alex on five national disaster responses. Alex and Judy do their part in the local community as well. They serve on a Disaster Action Team, which responds immediately to any local disasters.

In addition, Judy and Alex do their best to make sure the Triangle Area

Red Cross has the cleanest, finest Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). “Alex does a lot of upkeep for the ERV,” Judy said. He ensures that it is driven the recommended amount of miles each month and also keeps it clean and in ship-shape. Before parades the couple often takes the ERV home and washes and waxes it.

Alex and Judy began volunteering at the Red Cross because they wanted to find a way to give Malpass3back. “We just wanted to be doing something that needed to be done.” Judy said. While it may be as simple as that to Alex and Judy, their time and commitment to serving this community is nothing short of inspiring. For them, it’s not about receiving a pat on the back or hearing endless praise. For Alex, the reward is “looking out that window when you’re serving food and seeing a line of people waiting for you to feed them. Then we see them leave with all the food they want. That is the most rewarding part. Seeing people getting fed.”

Alex and Judy are just the type of everyday heroes that you meet in the Red Cross. Though every volunteer story is different, they are also the same: people from our community, helping people at home and across the country.