On Friday, April 12th, Waupaca Middle School, Ben Rayome, Principal, helped their local American Red Cross by hosting “Hats on for HEROES”. A simple, yet very important fundraiser, students pay $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat for the day. “Hats on for HEROES” is certainly not new to the Waupaca School District, led by Superintendent Dave Poeschl. Both the Waupaca High School’s S.A.D.D. chapter (Dale Feldt, advisor) and Chain O’ Lakes Elementary (Rhonda Hare, Principal) held similar events this past winter.
“The beauty of HEROES,” said Red Cross board member and volunteer, Vicki P. Jenks, “is that the monies raised stay local—in this case, Waupaca County. Although Americans generously respond to national and global disasters, it is also nice to know that we can take care of our own local citizens.” Donor intent is always honored by the Red Cross. There are two funding options with HEROES 2013: Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces (SAF).
Every 9 minutes in the United States, an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (for example the Waupaca County D.A.T. team is always “on call”) is responding to a disaster. The most common disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES. Fortunately, through the generosity of donors, the Red Cross is able to provide such things as temporary shelter, food, clothing, bedding and linens. Prescription medications and vision needs are also replaced. Long after the initial disaster, the Red Cross continues to follow through.
Service to the Armed Forces, an integral program of the Red Cross since 1905, is a new component of HEROES 2013. The American Red Cross is the only entity in the world mandated by Congress to validate and relay emergency messages to service members anywhere in the world, 24/7/365. On average, 400 emergency messages are communicated daily by the Red Cross. Additionally, the Red Cross coordinates service personnel returning home in the event of a death in the family. Red Cross volunteers serve our two regional VA hospitals located in Iron Mountain and Milwaukee, plus provide Holiday Mail for HEROES at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.
“Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is there”sm because of altruistic Americans such as the students, faculty and staff of the Waupaca School District.
If you are interested in hosting a “Hats on for HEROES” event at your workplace, school, church, service club or youth group for HEROES 2014, please contact Vicki P. Jenks, email@example.com, 920-622-3152.