Volunteers Commemorate Dr. King by Providing Lifesaving Fire Safety Information

American Red Cross volunteers will canvass local neighborhoods to distribute fire prevention and safety tips.

“Life’s most persistent question,” Dr. King once asked, “is what are you doing for others?” This Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, American Red Cross volunteers are doing a lot for others in their local communities. They are distributing vital fire safety information to help residents prevent home fires, protect their loved ones and strengthen their community.

Dozens of volunteers from the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that helps people prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies, will join State Farm Agents from around Northeast WI,  along with the Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Ripon, Town of Menasha,  Appleton, Grand Chute, Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay Fire Departments, Waupaca Fresh Start Program (distribution on Monday) Iron Mountain Girl Scout Troops and Disaster Action Team members.

Volunteers will canvass door-to-door throughout their local neighborhoods, talk with residents and leave behind door hangers with fire safety information. The door hangers include information about smoke alarms, creating a household fire escape plan and tips for cooking and heating a home safely this winter. This community program is sponsored by grants from State Farm and the American National Red Cross.

When:  Saturday, January 14, 2012,  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Volunteers will canvass the following communities. Orientations will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the closest locations to the communities:

  • Fond du Lac
  • Ripon
  • Appleton
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • Markesan
  • Menasha
  • Oshkosh
  • Green Bay
  • Shawano
  • Manitowoc
  • Sheboygan

Home fires are the most common disaster threat across the country. Last year, chapters within the region responded to 210 local disasters, the majority of which were residential fires. Nationally, every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a home fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association fire claims nine lives every day in the U.S.A.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NEWRedCross.org. Find us on facebook.com/newredcross, twitter.com/newredcross, the local blog is newredcrossblog.org and Chapter photos are at flickr.com/photos/newredcross.

Platelet Donor Reaches 85-Gallon Milestone

To say that Bill Waerzeggers is a regular donor is an understatement. Since his first donation in 1970, Waerzeggers has given more than 85 gallons, or 680 donations, through the American Red Cross.

“People are sometimes surprised when they find out I don’t get paid for this, but I have no desire to be compensated,” said Waerzeggers, who donates platelets every two weeks at the Red Cross donation center in Green Bay, Wis.

Waerzeggers is the Director of Manufacturing at Pomp’s Tire Service headquartered in Green Bay. He’s never called in sick to work a day in his life; in fact, he uses his vacation time to donate during the day. “I chew up a couple hours of vacation time every time I donate because I feel this is my gift, not my boss’s gift.”

To his coworkers and customers, it’s no secret that Waerzeggers is an advocate of blood donation. He has a Red Cross shrine located just outside his office including a collection of 10-gallon drums to signify the number of gallons he’s donated. In addition, he’s kept every “I gave blood today” sticker he’s ever received and plastered them along his wall. But while the numbers are impressive, Waerzeggers remains modest about his lifesaving contributions.

“There are world class athletes that can do certain things better than anyone else. I’m not good at this. I sit here and the staff does the work. I simply give them a product,” said Waerzeggers. “Blood can’t be found in a factory or a mill anywhere. It has to come from people, and it’s a gift I don’t mind giving.”

Listen to Bill’s story in his own words:

A New Year and a New Resolution for Your Business

Guest Blog Post, Kim Apfelbeck, Sales Representative

After ringing in the New Year, many people resolve to live healthier lifestyles and lose a few extra pounds.  As a business, you too can choose to better the health and safety of your employees and overall business.  By having a safety plan in place, you can lose some of the weight off your shoulders by having informed and ready-to-act employees.  Here are a few ways the Red Cross can help you to get started on your 2012 resolution to a healthy and safe work environment.

1.  Get trained by joining the Next Generation of Red Cross Training

More Value

□       Two-year certification with free digital refreshers for participants

□       A choice of free digital or affordable print course materials for participants (redcross.org/previewkits)

Highest Quality

□       Concise learner-centered course design emphasizes hands-on skills and learning application

□       Updated user-friendly course materials including exciting new video

Greater Convenience

□       Standardized delivery, pricing and single point-of-contact support for businesses spanning multiple geographic locations

□       Online training management system provides student certificates quickly and efficiently

 More Training Options

□       Flexible course options to meet your organization’s needs

□       Web-based learning options for First Aid/CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens Training

□       Wide selection of courses and combinations to meet your needs

 To set up group training at your facility or to learn more, please contact Kim Apfelbeck at apfelbeckk@usa.redcross.org or 920-227-4294.

 2.  Get prepared by having easily-accessible emergency supplies

 First Aid Kits

4 x 4 First Aid Kit – $5.00




101-Piece First Aid Kit – $10.00





Large All Purpose First Aid Kit – $20.00





Breathing Barriers

Mini-Key CPR Key Chain – $2.00



CPR Key Chain w/gloves – $3.00



CPR Res-Cue Mask (Soft or Hard Case) – $10.00





Products may be purchased at your local chapter or by visiting www.redcrossstore.org

3.  Get an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for your facility

The chance of survival drops by 10% for every minute that passes after sudden cardiac arrest.  With CPR training and access to an AED, your employee or fellow coworker has a much greater chance of survival. 

To help meet its mission of saving lives, the Red Cross has formed relationships with three AED manufacturers (Cardiac Science, Philips Health Care Group and ZOLL Medical Corporation) to facilitate the purchase of AED devices for customers.

The Red Cross can work with you to find the device that best fits your facility.  By purchasing through the Red Cross, a portion of the purchase price goes back to your local chapter to support services and activities in your community.

For further information please contact Kim Apfelbeck at apfelbeckk@usa.redcross.org or 920-227-4294.


Help Make a Difference During National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month and above all other times of the year, it is the month that presents the most challenges for blood collection. Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give.

This January is no exception with the local Red Cross in need of blood donations. First-time and regular donors are encouraged to make a difference in their communities by scheduling an appointment to give blood every January, and regularly thereafter. Remember, just one pint of blood can help save multiple lives.

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, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United 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 between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.