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Most people are familiar with the American Red Cross’s blood donation drives, CPR classes and aid at fires and other local disasters, but few know about the organization’s work helping local refugees, immigrants and migrant workers.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania has a new initiative to get the word out about its International Services program at the local level.

There will be a special meeting Tuesday, March 25 at noon at the Red Cross Lackawanna Chapter headquarters, 545 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Key players and organizations that work with foreign-born populations will be on hand to discuss Red Cross’ programs.

One such program is called Restoring Family Links, which assists foreign-born people living in the United States reestablish contact with family members who are internationally separated as a result of disasters, armed conflict and other humanitarian problems.

For example, the Red Cross reached out to Filipinos in Scranton after Typhoon Haiyan struck. But there’s lots more to it. The program even provides special services for families separated during the Holocaust and Cold War to try to reconnect with lost loved ones.

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