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Fire Fighters and American Red Cross Partner to Invest in the Positive
May 27, 2011 – Firefighters and American Red Cross volunteers came out in greater force this year as the fundraiser grew to 21 locations acrossNortheast Wisconsin. The need was also much greater this year as increased need for disaster response exhausted the disaster relief budget just 7 months into the fiscal year.
The dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, partnered up again to ask their community to be Heroes during the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade to benefit the American Red Cross and to help sustain disaster relief operations. The community answered by contributing an estimated $16,000 during the Fire Fighters’ Bucket Brigade.
“The Red Cross is an organization that provides so many services for people in need at unexpected times,” says Matt Weissman, Firefighter, andVillage of Howard. “At the same time they help make our jobs as firefighters easier by supporting us while we do our job and continue to take care of those family’s external needs.”
Trained Disaster Volunteers are ready to help at a moment’s notice. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on enabling individuals and families affected by disaster to independently resume their normal daily activities by meeting their emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, clothing, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.
The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to hospitals treating disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.
“People count on the American Red Cross to prepare them for disasters and emergencies. We work together by teaching lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid, providing preparedness education addressing a wide range of hazards, developing community response partnerships, and training volunteers,” says Steve Hansen Executive Director. “A successful Heroes Campaign supports our common goal of helping people reduce their risk of injury or loss in the event of natural or human-caused disasters.”
Outagamie, Waushara, Waupaca, Winnebago, Sheboyganand Marinette counties had fire departments participating. Fire fighters from the many participating departments along with Red Cross volunteers were stationed locations acrossNortheast Wisconsinto collect donations and talk about their partnership.
Our heroes were at locations across these counties making their support apparent and collecting donations in red buckets between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday night. All locations featured the life-saving equipment used by fire fighters and our heroes available once again in a time of need.
The Northeast Wisconsin Region is a grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NewRedCross.org
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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