Tailgating for a cause: Local company hosts fundraiser on game days

Published : Sunday, 11 Dec 2011, 6:01 PM CST  —–  Beth Jones, FOX 11 News

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ASHWAUBENON – Brats and chili were doing more than just filling the bellies of hungry tailgaters across the street from Lambeau Field Sunday.

“All the proceeds here go to the local Red Cross for local disaster relief, which we feel is a very good cause,” said Andy Kaye with Recoveron Restoration Services.

Since the season started the company has hosted this fund raising tailgate. The company has been at it for two seasons, raising more than $2,000 last year and looking at more than $3,500 this year.

And the money couldn’t be coming at a better time. Since July, the local Red Cross has provided assistance at 200 fires in Northeast Wisconsin; their “yearly” average is around 250.

One of the most recent, was the Pulaski fire, which destroyed three buildings and damaged two others in the village’s downtown. The Red Cross assisted eleven people displaced in that fire. “It does cost money to help people in our community,” explained Steve Hansen, Red Cross Regional Chapter Executive.  “The American Red Cross is there with food, clothing a roof over someone’s head.”

How much money exactly? Red Cross officials estimate they spend more than $500,000 in disaster relief efforts, with the majority of those funds coming from donations, like the tailgate.

And with the year as busy as it’s been and right in the midst of their peak months, Red Cross officials expect to exceed that budgeted amount this year. “The winter months tend to be our busiest time, two-thirds of our fires we respond to happen between November and February,” Hansen said.

And because of that, officials say making donations and public awareness of the need are particularly important this time of year. Sunday’s tailgate was the final one of the season, but coordinators say you can expect to see them again come pre-season.

Red Cross Offers Tips For Twelve Days of Holiday Safety To Keep The Season Safe, Happy And Bright

Having a busy time getting ready for the holidays? While everyone is shopping, baking, gift wrapping, decorating and going to parties, the American Red Cross has holiday tips to help make the season a safe one.

1. Prepare vehicle for traveling to grandmother’s house. Build an emergency kit and include items such as blankets or sleeping bags, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, compass and road maps, shovel, tire repair kit and pump, extra clothing, flares, and a tow rope.

2. Drive the sleigh and reindeer safely. Avoid driving in a storm. If travel is a must, let someone know the destination, the route being taken to get there, and how long it should take to arrive. If the car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along the predetermined route.

3. Help prevent the spread of the flu. Stay home if sick. Wash hands with soap and water as often as possible, or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, someone should cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.

4. Follow Santa’s fashion lead – dress in layers. When it’s cold outside, layered lightweight clothing will keep a person warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat.

5. Use a Red Cross-trained babysitter when attending holiday festivities. Red Cross-certified babysitters learn to administer basic first aid; properly hold and feed a child; take emergency action when needed and monitor safe play. Some may be certified in Infant and Child CPR.

6. Avoid danger while roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. This is important because unattended cooking causes nearly 90 percent of all kitchen fires.

7. Be a lifesaver during the holidays. The Red Cross recommends at least one person in every household should take first aid and CPR/AED training. Visit www.redcross.org/training for details and to register.

8. Designate a driver or skip the holiday cheer. Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. If someone plans on drinking, designate a driver who won’t drink.

9. When the weather outside is frightful, heat the home safely. Never use a stove or oven to heat the home. Never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended. Install smoke alarms.

10. Cut down on heating bills without being a Grinch. Get the furnace cleaned and change the filters. Make sure furniture isn’t blocking the heat vents. Close off any rooms not in use and turn off the heat in those rooms. Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater.

11. Home for the holidays? Travel safely. Check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full. Be well rested and alert. Give full attention to the road – avoid distractions such as cell phones. If someone has car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

12. Resolve to Be Red Cross Ready in the New Year. Get ready now in case someone in the household faces an emergency in 2012.

About the American Red Cross:
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.

Merrill Middle School Participates in Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign

The Merrill Middle School student council participated in the American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign.  They engaged the middle school student body and collected over 400 cards for our troops.  These students created so many beautiful cards.  Those who weren’t as artistic wrote some very thoughtful heartfelt notes on pre-made cards.  The students made these cards during their lunches, free time, and at home. 
With so many misconceptions about today’s youth, this is just one of the many positive things that the public school students are doing. There are many understanding and caring students. I cannot express how proud I am of all of them. 

Give the Gift of Life at the Green Bay Botanical Garden

Presenting blood donors offered complimentary ticket to the Garden of Lights

The American Red Cross and the Green Bay Botanical Garden are teaming up to give community members the opportunity to help save lives and experience the magic of the holiday season. All presenting donors at the Green Bay Botanical blood drive will receive a complimentary ticket for the 15th Annual WPS Garden of Lights.

Green Bay Botanical Garden Blood Drive

Wednesday, December 7 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Donald & Patricia Schneider Educational Center

2600   Larsen Rd, Green Bay

All presenting donors will receive a free adult ticket to

the Garden of Lights (walking tour only), while supplies last

Walk-ins welcome

“This is a great opportunity to thank our dedicated donors and give them the opportunity to take part in a 15-year-old winter tradition,” said Michelle Otero, donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross. “We’re encouraging others to discover the true meaning of savings this holiday season by giving the perfect gift – a potentially lifesaving blood donation.”

The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays. Inclement weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans can impact a donor’s availability in the winter, often times reducing blood and platelet supplies for patients in need. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

This December, the gift of a blood or platelet donation can make an even greater difference. In honor of all December blood and platelet donors, a financial contribution will be made to the American Red Cross annual holiday giving program. Gifts to the annual holiday giving program provide comfort items such as blankets or emergency shelter for disaster victims, comfort items for wounded soldiers, and preventative childhood vaccinations. To learn more about the holiday giving program, visit redcross.org/gifts.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, theAmerican Red Crossis the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout theUnited States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link betweenU.S.military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Girls use CPR, help save Sheboygan mom

Would you know what to do in an emergency situation? Taking a Red Cross CPR class can help you learn how to care for a person having a heart attack and how to perform CPR for a person in cardiac arrest .   Often, cardiac emergencies happen at home or the workplace, so the life you may have to save could be that of a friend or loved one.

Click HERE to sign up for a training class in your area.

Fox 11 —- Laura Smith, FOX 11 News   Published : Friday, 02 Dec 2011, 11:47 AM CST

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SHEBOYGAN – It was a life threatening situation for a Sheboygan mom when she suffered a severe asthma attack. “It makes you not want to take life for granted that’s for sure,” said Kandace Seyferth of Sheboygan. Seyferth found herself in trouble last week.

“I started wheezing and my chest was real tight and I told my daughter to get my inhaler,” said Seyferth. She said she felt better after a couple puffs, but then a severe asthma attack set in. “Me and Katie heard her wheezing,” said Seyferth’s 10-year-old daughter Maddie Kestell.

Kestell and her friend 12-year-old Katie Vreeke helped Seyferth downstairs.

“Then we got right to the point where the doors are, she collapsed,” said Kestell. As Seyferth lay on the living room floor, the two girls immediately took action.

“Katie’s like call 9-11, call 9-11 and I was like okay, okay. So I called them,” Kestell said. The girls say the 9-11 operator asked them if they knew how to perform CPR. Thanks to weekly watching of a medical TV drama, both said they did.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” said Kestell. While frightened and scared, both girls kept their cool working on Kestell’s mom until paramedics arrived.

“I did the chest compression, she like plugged her nose and breathed into her, and we just kept doing that until they came,” said Vreeke.

Paramedics say the girls’ quick thinking was essential as this was a life or death situation. “The CPR wasn’t ultimately necessary but the 9-11 call, had they not called 9-11, there’s a good chance their mother would not have survived,” said Sheboygan Firefighter and Paramedic Justin Langdon.

Seyferth says the girls are heroes in her book. “I’m so proud of my daughter, and her friend Katie, that I couldn’t even tell you how I feel about it, I’m grateful and happy to be here,” Seyferth said.

Massive fire in downtown Pulaski

Published :  Fox 11 — Saturday, 03 Dec 2011, 8:48 AM CST

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PULASKI – Electricity is back on to part of the 100 block of Pulaski Street in downtown Pulaski.

The only evidence that something major took place here nearly 24 ago are the large orange road blocks, blocking the intersection at West Pulaski and St. Augustine Drive.

According to officials, the fire broke out last night around 11:30 at Wood Lanes bowling alley, in Pulaski, located at 109 West Pulaski Street.

Fire officials say the only preliminary information they had was black smoke was coming from the building.

When crews arrived on scene, fire was coming through the front window and knew it was something serious.

“We were met with flames at the top of the stairs so we went to an exterior attack from that and after there,” said Pulaski Tri-County Fire Chief Randy Wichlacz. “It just snowballed.”

Wichlacz says the fire spread easily through the old buildings, jumping from roof to roof.

Pulaski fire activated the MABAS system, or mutual aid box alarm system, to help fight the fire.

“We had to call in tenders with water into the area simply because we didn’t have enough water,” said Wichlacz.

Firefighters battled the fire – and cold, potentially icy conditions – throughout the morning. Road salt was even brought out to keep the pools of water on the street from freezing over. Nearly 11 hours, 180 firefighters, more than 20 emergency agencies and 2 million gallons of water later, fire officials declared the fire was out and under control.

In the end, three buildings – the bowling alley, an apartment building and consignment store – are total losses. Two others, an insurance agency and vacant bar, suffered smoke and water damage.

Right now, government agencies are on their way to Pulaski to start their investigations.

Chief Wichlacz says West Pulaski Street will remain closed indefinitely until the investigation into the cause of the fire is concluded. He adds the reason state investigators are being brought in is because of the large scope of the damage – not because the fire is necessarily suspicious.

Two firefighters were injured in the initial stages of the blaze, one from Howard and the other from Pulaski. Those injuries were minor.

As for the future of downtown Pulaski, Village President Reed Woodward says they will rebuild.

“[We will] use whatever resources that are available to do whatever needs to be done to create a new downtown Pulaski,” said Woodward.

About 40 people were displaced from the block during the fire. All of the residents were able to escape safely. Those who have been displaced by the fire are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

If you would like to make a $10 donation to help the victims, text REDCROSS to 90999 or go to http://www.redcross.org for other ways to donate.

***  Red Cross Footnote: Of the 40 people evacuated most were able to go back to their residents. Six people were displaced from their homes and the Red Cross, at this time, is assisting four adults with their emergency needs.

Pulaski bowling alley fire

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Several local departments respond

Fox 11 – Saturday, 03 Dec 2011, 3:09 AM CST

Pulaski – Wood Lanes, a decades-old bowling alley in downtown  Pulaski, is up in flames, and the blaze may have spread to a building next door.

Our crew on the scene has not spoken with authorities yet, so it is unclear if there are any injuries or what may have caused the fire.

We’ll bring you a live report on Good Day Wisconsin and keep you updated as more details become available.

Red Cross Response:

Disaster Volunteers on the scene since early am providing coffee and snacks to the emergency crews (170+) responding to a fire at the Pulaski Bowling Alley. We are also working with families who had homes near the fire and are displaced. Will report additional information as we know it.