American Red Cross, Nexcare Bandages and actress Soleil Moon Frye team up for World Blood Donor Day

Soleil Moom FryeThe American Red Cross, in partnership with Nexcare Bandages and actress Soleil Moon Frye, announces the fifth annual Nexcare give program to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

This nationwide program will raise awareness about the importance of year-round blood donation and encourage people across the country to roll up a sleeve. Nexcare Brand will give away limited-edition bandages inspired by the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – each adorned with the word “give” to demonstrate that giving blood is always in season. The special bandages will be distributed at Red Cross donor centers and blood drives starting June 10, and continue through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

From summer flip-flops and winter snowflakes to fall foliage and spring flowers, the Nexcare give bandages will give Red Cross blood donors a chance to show their dedication by ensuring a sufficient blood supply is available for patients year-round.

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 consent 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

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Waupaca Middle School Hosts “Hats on for Heroes” for local American Red Cross

Pictured L to R:    Waupaca Middle School Student Council and Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin Board Member.

Pictured L to R: Waupaca Middle School Student Council and Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member.

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 2013Local 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 theresm  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, vickipjenks@gmail.com, 920-622-3152.

Get to Know our Volunteers: PaKou Lee

PaKou Lee started volunteering with the American Red Cross about 3 months ago.  You may see her name a lot on our blog, because she is assisting in our communications and social engagement department. We have so many stories to tell at the Red Cross, we just need more storytellers! Do you like to write, interview people, looking for experience in journalism or communications?  Think about volunteering for the Red Cross just like PaKou!  

 

Pakou LeeMy name is PaKou Lee. I’m an outgoing person and enjoy getting to know people. I’m ambitious and always have perseverance.  I’m an avid checker of my bucket list. I’ve been told I have a feisty personality and a great laugh.

Here are some fun facts about me:

Hometown: St. Paul, MN. Living in Green Bay for three and a half years.

Age: 23

Education: UW-Green Bay, 2012, Communication degree

Occupation: Health Advisor at United HealthCare, Vemma brand partner, & American Red Cross volunteer

Hobbies: Running, couponing, and watching my nieces and nephews grow up

Favorite TV: Raising Hope

Favorite Movie: The Little Rascals

Favorite Book: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Favorite Food: Sushi and curry noodle

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Quote: Don’t wait for sunshine, play in the rain

Why I volunteer for American Red Cross: I work in customer service so I don’t get to work with my passion: public relations and social media. I do enjoy my job, but I want to continue gaining PR and social media skills.  Also, I want to give back to the community because I think it’s important to take care of each other, especially in times of need. I’m happy to have Jody as my mentor because I’m gaining so much knowledge from her.

It’s Fishing & Boating Week: June 1st-9th.

By: PaKou Lee, Red Cross Volunteer

It’s that time of the year to pack your tackle box with the best lures and hooks. Bring your fishing pole and roll out the boat because it’s a week of celebrating fishing and boating. Don’t forget the sunscreen and safety rules!

It’s always an exciting adventure when it comes to fishing and boating. It brings families together and there’s happiness all around. People are soaking up the sun with their loved ones and enjoying their time off work.

One summer that I will never forget is the summer of 2002. I was 13 years old. A family friend named Mary took my brother, niece, two cousins, and me to Lake Mille Lac, MN. Lake Mille Lac is a popular tourism for family vacations. There are plenty of activities to choose from: shopping, fishing, camping, hiking, and more. It was about a 2-hour drive up north from my home in St. Paul. Mary’s family had cabins by the shore and was big into water skiing and tubing.

The first thing we all did when we arrived was swim. The weather was extremely hot, we jumped right into the lake to cool off. Of course, Mary always made sure we had tons of sunscreen on. My niece, Amy, and I also fed leftover bread to the fish on the dock while my brother, Tee, and cousins, Fong and Dennis, fished for them.

The adults brought out the boat, skis, and water tubes. I watched Fong and Dennis struggle with the skis; it was their first time. They went into the water before they even got the chance to stand up. I was too afraid to try so I took the easy route: water tubing. All I had to do was lay on the water tube and hold on tight, that I was able to do.

Amy and I rode on one water tube together. We didn’t know what to expect, as it was our first time water tubing. We were so nervous that we squealed when the boat started to go. The speed increased and my adrenaline rush was filled with fear and exhilaration. I squinted most of the time because of the intense wind and pressure.  As the boat took a turn and slowed down, Amy and I let go and went flying in the air. It was quite amazing being in the air, but it quickly ended when we landed in the water. I landed pretty hard. What felt like 6-ft. deep, I was probably 3-ft. under the water. I was so scared I wasn’t going to reach the surface in time to get air. Of course, I had my life jacket on so I floated up fine. It was so much fun, Amy and I did it again one more time before we left for home.

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Amy (L) and me (R) water tubing.

Fortunately, it was a great summer with no accidents for us.  We wore life jackets to keep us safe, wore sunscreen to protect our skin, and stayed close to shore when swimming near by.

Here are some water safety tips to keep in mind when out celebrating this week: