96-year-old Baudhuin stays young through volunteer work

Written by Patti Zarling  Press-Gazette Media

One of the big changes Blanche Baudhuin experienced as a volunteer with Red Cross was moving to a computerized system. ‘I never owned a computer, I was afraid,’ Baudhuin said. ‘They showed me a simple way.’ / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Blanche Baudhuin wore a cheerful red and white Christmas sweater and matching red shoes recently to greet blood donors at the local Red Cross on Deckner Avenue.Many regular donors recognize the smiling 96-year-old as she takes their name and types their information into “Susie” the computer. After all, she’s been a volunteer for the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter of the American Red Cross for about 36 years.

“I just love it,” Baudhuin said. “I hate to think of the day I can’t volunteer anymore.”

She said the gig keeps her young at heart. She used to be a driver for the nonprofit’s transportation services, but now she helps out at the front desk, sometimes answering phones, but mostly checking in donors.

She started volunteering after her husband died.

“I had to do something to keep busy,” Baudhuin said. “Before I came here, I also helped with the free Thanksgiving dinners for people and made quilts for the needy.”

Baudhuin said she likes volunteering for the Red Cross.

“I enjoy meeting the people,” she said. “Most of the people who come in know me because I’ve been here so long. When they come in, they kid with me.”

One of the big changes she experienced was moving to a computerized system.

“I never owned a computer, I was afraid,” Baudhuin said. “They showed me a simple way. I’m too old, can’t run it. We named her Susie.”

Although she no longer drives for the Red Cross, she still occasionally volunteers off sight, by helping at locations such as Green Bay City Hall, during blood collections.

Everyone she works with at the Red Cross is nice, she said.

“I like the people,” she said. “They’re friendly, and nice to get along with.”

Baudhuin grew up in Algoma and move to Green Bay in 1940. She likes to crochet and play cards when she’s not volunteering. She turns 97 in March.

She thinks more seniors should consider helping others.

“Instead of sitting home and feeling sorry for yourselves, get out and volunteer,” she said. “That’s how I feel about it.”

The Red Cross appreciates her efforts.

“She’s an absolute joy,” said Jody Weyers, regional volunteer and communications director for the local Red Cross. “I think it goes to show volunteering definitely keeps you young at heart. If you’re thing is sitting at home and thinking about ailments, it’s better to get out and keep busy.”

Blanche Baudhuin, 96, helps Jerry Vander Heiden check in to donate blood at the Lakeland Red Cross on Deckner Avenue. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Larry Guyette has known Baudhuin for more than a decade and drives her home after she volunteers at the center.

“She has such energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “She gets upset if she can’t make it here. It’s something that’s really important to her, and I thinks she sets a good example for all of us.”

— pzarling@greenbaypressgazette or follow her on Twitter @PGPattiZarling

“Weekend for Sandy” Paintball Event in Little Suamico

Weekend for Sandy CPB

Legato Spreads the Spirit of Giving through Facebook “Like” Campaign

Two months after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, millions of people are still suffering this holiday season due to the devastation it left in its wake. To help alleviate some of the suffering, Legato Healthcare Marketing plans to donate $2,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts.

Because it is the holiday season, Legato wants to spread this gift beyond themselves; they’re asking for your help and participation.

Helping is easy. All you have to do is “Like” Legato’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LegatoMarketing). For every new Like, Legato will donate $1 to Superstorm Sandy Relief, up to the desired $2,000. The total donation will go towards food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance.

Legato and the American Red Cross of Northeastern Wisconsin would love this to be a holiday gift to those in need, so a deadline has been set for December 25 to reach the goal of 2,000 Likes.

In helping to arrange Legato’s donation, Shawn Kiser, from the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin said, “This campaign provides people a simple way to support those affected by Superstorm Sandy. I encourage everyone to “like” Legato Healthcare Marketing’s page and please ask all of your Facebook friends to do the same! The more “likes” the more money Legato will donate to Sandy Relief. I hope other businesses will take notice of this effort and try to find creative ways to help those in need.”

“Thanks to the public’s support, the Red Cross has been able to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people impacted by Sandy. Our work includes serving more than 8.7 million meals and snacks and handing out more than 6.5 million relief items, including cold weather items and cleanup supplies, ” Kiser also said.

The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or political position. For more information about the American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org

Legato Healthcare Marketing is a healthcare marketing agency headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Legato provides specialized marketing solutions to healthcare environments including rural health, retail health, specialty clinics and corporate wellness. For ongoing news please visit, www.legatohealthcaremarketing.com.

 

Finding a sitter requires some creative searching

Written by Jennifer Hogeland For Press-Gazette Media

As the holidays approach, and the invitations to parties pour in, parents must start their search for a sitter. If grandparents aren’t available to watch your little ones for that gotta-go-to bash, it’s necessary to enlist the help of a babysitter.

Finding just the right person to care for your children is no small task. The first challenge is finding a willing and capable teen. Then, before leaving your little darlings in his or her hands, there are several things you should discuss to be sure both of you will be happy with the arrangement.

Area experts offered suggestions on finding and interviewing potential babysitters before your night out on the town.

Finding the right match

Keep an eye open for responsible teens. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magical list of certified and interested babysitters available from area organizations or the American Red Cross, so parents have to get creative.

Sara Weier oversees the babysitter training program for the American Red Cross in Wisconsin and she explains the best way to find potential babysitters is by reaching out to neighbors or community organizations.

“We tell potential babysitters to connect with neighborhood associations, churches and to talk with parents and other babysitters to make their interest in babysitting known,” says Weier.

Word of mouth is key, suggests Yvonne Duffek, an American Red Cross certified babysitting instructor. Babysitters are told not to put their information on public boards; students are encouraged to hand out personalized business cards to trusted adults that could assist with their job search. So, ask around. Chances are friends and neighbors have a name or two to share.

Several websites have also popped up in recent years as a resource for parents searching for sitters in the area. Sites like sittercity.com and care.com provide a list of babysitters by zip code. You need to create an account and there may be fees for the information you seek. Peruse the detailed profiles of potential candidates before setting up an interview.

Paying the going rate

Discussing payment is a necessary conversation when hiring a babysitter. While the typical hourly fee falls within a range, parents should consider the number of children, their ages and the expectations of the babysitter before determining their rate.

“I think it depends on the family,” said Denise Mancheski, enrichment director at the Greater Green Bay YMCA. “It varies. It isn’t like years ago when every parent paid $2 an hour.”

She shares some parents start at minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour in Wisconsin.

Duffek has done some research and determined the minimum going rate for a Red Cross certified babysitter is currently $5 an hour, although some parents pay as much as $10

Special Holiday Offers on American Red Cross Courses and Products

Each year, nearly 4 million people learn how to save a life in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training classes. People in North Central Wisconsin can take advantage of special offers now through January 31, 2013.

“Emergencies occur every day, but with travel, extra stress and large gatherings, people are even more susceptible to accidents and illnesses during the holidays,” said Sara Weier, Wisconsin Service Delivery Manager,“Make sure your family and household members have the skills and confidence to act in an emergency until help arrives.”

First Aid and CPR/AED Training

People can save 20 percent on the price of a First Aid and CPR/AED course. Participants learn how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies. How to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses are also covered.

Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training helps meet OSHA standards and professional licensure requirements. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and blended learning formats. Blending learning is a combination of online learning and a shorter in-person skills session. The course fee includes a 2-year certification with online skill refreshers and digital materials.

People can call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to redcross.org/takeaclass for course schedules and to register. Use HOLIDAY0113 as the coupon code to receive the 20 percent discount.

Lifesaving training courses can make a great gift for new parents, caregivers and those who need to refresh their skills. People can register loved ones by calling 1-800-REDCROSS and selecting Health and Safety training from the menu options.

Health and Safety Products

The Red Cross is also offering 20 percent off the price of First Aid Kits and other emergency preparedness items available at redcrossstore.org. Use the HOLIDAY0113 coupon code to receive the 20 percent discount.

These special offers on training and products cannot be combined with other discounts.

Course Name

Date

Start Time

End Time

Price

Location

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/12/2012

8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 90 ARC Racine Office
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

12/12/2012 and 12/13/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m. both nights 110 ARC Oshkosh Office
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED

12/13/2012

5:30 p.m. 9:45 p.m. 90 ARC Green Bay Office
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED

12/13/2012

8:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 90 ARC Waukesha Office
First Aid Review

12/13/2012

8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 55 ARC Appleton Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/15/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Green Bay Office
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

12/15/2012

8:30 a.m. 3:15 p.m. 110 ARC Racine Office
Adult CPR/AED

12/17/2012

8:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 70 ARC Milwaukee Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/17/2012 and 12/18/2012

5:30 p.m. 8:45 p.m. both nights 90 ARC West Bend Office
First Aid

12/17/2012

8:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 70 ARC Sheboygan Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/18/2012

8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 90 ARC Green Bay Office
CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

12/18/2012 and 12/19/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p/. both nights 110 ARC Waukesha Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/19/2012 and 12/20/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m. 90 ARC Appleton Office
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

12/19/2012

8:30 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 90 ARC Manitowoc Office
Adult CPR/AED

12/27/2012

8:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 70 ARC Green Bay Office
Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED Review

12/27/2012

6:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m. 70 ARC Milwaukee Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/27/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Appleton Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/27/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Waukesha Office
Babysitter’s Training

12/28/2012

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 85 ARC Oshkosh Office

 


 

  

Winter Storm Alan is Coming; Brush up on Your Winter Safety Tips!

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Preparing for a Winter Storm

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Remaining Safe During a Winter Storm

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.
  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
  • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Cold-Related Emergencies

  • Frostbite and hypothermia are two dangerous and potentially life-threatening emergencies. Learn how to care for these emergencies by taking a first aid class.

Put Together a Supply Kit

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Why would a couple who lives in Reno, Nevada give money to a local Red Cross program in Green Bay, Wisconsin? The answer will warm your heart.

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Betsy Wandtke, Major Gifts Officer with Dennis Jilot as he presented his check for the American Red Cross Transportation Program.

Dennis Jilot grew up in Green Bay when the ground that the Red Cross office and Transportation Center occupies, was just a huge vegetable garden.  As a young man, Dennis went to Preble high school.  It was very close to where he and his parents lived.  Dennis went to college in Stevens Point, WI – as did his bride Lynne.  They were very successful at what they did and their success led them to Reno.  Dennis’s parents remained in Green Bay.

As Dennis’s parents got older, his father had some problems with strength and balance.  Dennis was concerned about this.  His mother was not strong enough to get his father back on his feet and his father wasn’t strong enough to crawl to a chair and pull himself up.  Dennis asked his Mom how they got his Dad up after so many falls.  His Mom stated simply: “We just call the Red Cross and someone always comes to help us”.

They also used the Transportation Center to go to Doctor’s visits and to go to the mall to shop.  It allowed Mr. & Mrs. Jilot to be in control of their life and their situation.

Last year, Dennis was so touched by the selflessness of the Red Cross volunteers and staff that he walked into the office and wrote out a donation check for the Transportation Center.  I met with Dennis to thank him and he again showed his generosity and gave the Transportation Center a donation of $2,500.

These gifts were given because of the passionate volunteers/staff and their willingness to help someone when they needed it…no questions asked.  Dennis wanted to thank all of those people for helping his parents when he was so far away and couldn’t be there to help his Dad up.

I want to tell you all how proud I am of all of you!

Betsy Wandtke
Major Gifts Officer

American Red Cross Issues One-Month Progress Report on Response to Superstorm Sandy

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WASHINGTON, Monday, December 3, 2012 — The American Red Cross today issued a progress report on its efforts over the past month to provide food, water, shelter, relief supplies, healthcare and other assistance to people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

 “During this first month, the Red Cross has provided emergency relief to many people affected by Superstorm Sandy. But there is still much work to be done, and we will continue to provide help and hope for weeks and months to come,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “This is our biggest U.S. disaster response in more than five years, and we are incredibly grateful for the generous support across the country that has enabled us to help the survivors of this storm.”

Hurricane Sandy was a major storm that impacted an area the size of Europe. The Red Cross mobilized more than 14,400 trained disaster workers to date – 90 percent of them volunteers – to help people affected by the storm. Today, nearly 3,000 workers are still on the job, providing food, water, shelter and relief supplies. The Red Cross has also deployed more than 300 of its emergency response vehicles and is also utilizing rental cars, trucks and other vehicles to help.

SHELTER, FOOD AND RELIEF ITEMS In the first month since Sandy hit, the Red Cross provided almost 79,000 shelter stays for Sandy, part of an overall shelter response that provided more than 153,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has also:

  • Provided more than 7.4 million meals and snacks through its partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention to people affected by Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
  • Distributed more than 5.2 million relief items including cold weather items like coats and blankets and supplies to help people as they begin the massive clean-up of their neighborhoods.
  • Provided more than 86,000 health services and mental health contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions.

The Red Cross response dealt with the unusual cold weather hurricane. Sandy was followed by a nor’easter that dumped snow and brought frigid temperatures to people struggling without power, and the Red Cross supplies included more Red Cross blankets, gloves and hand-warmers.

LOOKING AHEAD The Red Cross has raised nearly $170 million to date for Sandy and estimates that it will spend $110 million on the emergency relief through the end of December. Any funds donated for Sandy beyond what is needed for emergency relief will be put to use serving the long-term needs of those affected by this disaster. The Red Cross is already working with communities to determine unmet needs and how they can be met—something which will continue into the recovery process.

The Red Cross is developing specific plans that will in­clude a comprehensive needs assessment of the affected com­munities and individuals; plans that will identify resources available from both the Red Cross and other organizations. Recognizing that each community will have different needs, and different groups working to meet them, the role of the Red Cross will be determined by these local needs. What’s crucial is that there is community collaboration and cooperation to ensure that longer-term help reaches people who need it.

 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

“Songs of the Season” Benefiting the American Red Cross

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A Candlelight Performance

Ivory Wind with Strings

Joyce Josie, Piano    Ann Stevens, Flute      Laurie Young, Violin

Saturday, December 8th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Weyauwega

200 South Pine Street

BENEFITING THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Free Will Offering

to support Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces

Picture  yourself  in  a  quiet  sanctuary,  candles  glowing  in  each  window  and  the  lights  of  the  Christmas  tree  softly  shining.  Join  with kindred  spirits  on  Saturday,  December  8th  beginning  at  6:30p.m.  for an  evening  of  Christmas  musical  selections  on  piano,  flute  and violin.  First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Weyauwega  will  host  Ivory  Wind with  Strings  Attached  as  they  present  their  third  annual  performance of  “Songs  of  the  Season”  benefiting  the  local  chapter  of  the American  Red  Cross  HEROES.  The  ensemble  includes  Joyce  Josie  on piano (ivory),  Ann  Stevens  on  flute  (wind) and  Laurie  Young  on violin (strings attached).  Each  extends  a  warm  welcome  and  an escape  from  the  hectic  rush  of  the  holidays  for  an  evening  of  musical  reflection  and  refreshments.