Heroes Event Kicks Off

GREEN BAY – The American Red Cross is looking for “Heroes,” people in the community to help them collect thousands of dollars as part of a new campaign. The non-profit organization is already getting help from a local singer, firefighters in Brown County, and area businesses.

The billboards have begun popping up around the Green Bay area, encouraging people to “Do Something Positive.”

“We are trying to create heroes. These are individuals or companies who can generate a thousand dollar donation,” said Barbara Behling with the American Red Cross.

The Heroes campaign is being kicked off this month, which is also American Red Cross month. Soon, public service announcements will begin running on TV stations in Northeast Wisconsin. They will feature a man who is being reminded to donate to the Red Cross by a piggy bank.

Appleton singer/songwriter Rob Anthony is already raising money for the campaign.

“I’m donating proceeds from my CD sales for the Heroes campaign,” said Anthony.

Fire departments in Brown County will also come together for a fundraiser later this month. The firefighters said the Red Cross provides crucial services to many during devastating fires.

“In a long range event, there’s often food needs and comfort needs and the Red Cross provides that for firefighters,” said Don Phillips, Green Bay Assistant Fire Chief.

Red Cross officials said the campaign will last until mid next month, but won’t announce just yet how much they hope to raise.

“With the economy, things have gotten a bit tight. In essence, that creates more demand on Red Cross services. So our goals will need to be increased,” said Behling.

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March is Red Cross Month.

We’ve been celebrating each March for 66 years. This year, we’ll be highlighting one Red Crosser’s personal story each day.

Today we commemorate Mary Hannick, a WWII volunteer who is still giving her time today.

How did your life first intersect with the Red Cross?
During World War II, I got the bug I wanted to do something overseas. I went to the Red Cross and made application to go overseas and they sent me for my physical. I weighed 98 pounds; I got a letter back from New York headquarters saying that I couldn’t go overseas unless I weighed 108 pounds and I should let them know if I ever gained weight. So I drank a lot of milkshakes, ate a lot of food and finally got up to 105 pounds. I wrote and told them that I had gained weight – I didn’t say how much. They wrote and invited me to come down to New York for an interview. So I went down on the train to New York and stayed at the Commodore Hotel. The next day I was supposed to have my interview with the Red Cross. I stuffed my pockets full of stuff in case they weighed me again. They never weighed me again. They accepted me immediately. I took my leave of absence from Kodak and they trained us in Washington, DC as hospital staff aides.

What is your current role at the Red Cross?
Today I go to events and participate in An Afternoon at the Canteen and visit with senior citizens at different centers and homes and tell my stories. I have hundreds of stories I could tell!

How has the Red Cross changed your life?
I ask myself “Are we better than we were when I came into this world?” From my parents I learned the love of people – its people that we love – it’s the human race that we love. I truly believe that was why I was able to do some of the things I did. I don’t think I could ever re-pay the Red Cross for the experience I had the two years that I was overseas. If I stayed at Kodak, financially I would be much better off, but I wouldn’t be half as rich as I am in people.

Red Cross Responds to Fire on West Side of Green Bay

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded to a house fire that occurred on Saturday, February 28, around 3:30am, on the west side of Green Bay effecting two adults and five children.

Two American Red Cross Disaster workers assisted the family with lodging, monetary assistance for clothing, seasonal garments, baby items and meals. We also provided the family with comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts.

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s local disaster relief fund. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit www.arclakeland.org.

 

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission.

Step By Step!

Art Workstepping stone

Friday, February 27, 2009 was the Community Building Our Step by Step Fundraiser to support the United Way of Door County. Jody Weyers, Communications Director, (in photo) and Mauree Childress, Director of Development, created the stepping stone pictured on behalf of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. The stepping stones were auctioned off at an event at the Fairfield Art Center, Sturgeon Bay. Stay tuned to see what our art went for …….