Thank You & Happy Thanksgiving

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Who’s Ready to Watch Some Football Tomorrow?

By: PaKou Lee, Social Media Intern

578386_655499837794299_2053414044_nThe Packers will be playing against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field starting at 11:30 a.m. I thought the last game against the Minnesota Vikings was pretty rough. I was nervous throughout the entire overtime play. My home state versus my favorite football team. Of course, the Packers are my favorite.

I was never into football before moving here to Green Bay. My friends and family finally converted me after nearly a year of living in Green Bay. The culture here is definitely different than back at home in St. Paul. Green Bay has a lot of community events involving the Packers, smaller organizations and businesses. It feels more personable to me. Back at home, there’s so much going on; the city is bigger, there is a lot more to do. I’m always on the fast lane that sometimes I forget about what my home state is all about. I definitely appreciate both cultures and states. Just spreading my Minnesota Nice to Green Bay.

I’m still trying to understand football. When I started watching the games, I had a ton of questions: What is an interception? Where is the ball? Once I even made a silly, but serious comment, “Wow! The Packers had a really good home run.” Of course, I know the difference between a home run and a touchdown. It just slipped out. It still makes my family laugh when someone brings it up, so there’s something good in that. I’ll be sporting my Packer gear tomorrow and cheering them on. I hope you and your family have a great time watching the Packer game or any of the other teams playing tomorrow. Stay warm if you’re going to be outside.

Be Prepared – Get the app

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Whether you’re watching the game at home or playing your own football game in your backyard this Thanksgiving, be prepared to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Get your head in the game and download our First Aid mobile app on your iPhone or Android device.

Serving Those Who Have Selflessly Served Us

By Kaitlyn Schmitt, UWO Red Cross Club Member

vet1Adrianne Benson, Americorps Vet Corps member and Red Cross volunteer, and members from the UWO Red Cross Club spent the afternoon on November 23, 2013 volunteering at the beautiful Veteran’s Home in King, WI.

The Veterans were very excited to see the ladies from the Red Cross Club. We provided each Veteran with a Holiday Mail card which was made by the club and local elementary school students. The Veterans were filled with excitement and gratitude when they received the cards.

The Red Cross Club helped with some “intense” games of Bingo with the Veterans. There were definitely a lot of big winners that day! After bingo, we socialized with some of the Veterans and then we were given a tour of the incredible facility. We were amazed by all of the facility’s amenities including a bowling alley, movie theatre and a tunnel transport system. To top it off, the lakeside view was breathtaking!

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Here I am helping pass out cards for the “intense” games of Bingo!

We had a great time serving those who have selflessly served us. We enjoyed getting to know the Veterans and we were all touched by this incredible experience.

Thank you to the  King Veterans Home staff for allowing us to join you. Thanks to the Red Cross for this incredible opportunity. Thanks Red Cross Club Members for the participation and enthusiasm on this wonderful experience!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kaitlyn

Too Blessed to be Stressed.

By PaKou Lee, Social Media Intern

Everyday I count my blessings in my head. I think about all the things I’m thankful for right before I sleep. I remind myself to be thankful of all the little and big things I take for granted, like mandatory overtime at work, a stranger’s laugh and my family.

I am especially thankful for my sisters, sister-in-laws, and nieces for their wonderful cooking! I can never lose a pound even with all of the cardio that I do because I am always eating good. Not only that, but I am also not that great of a cook so I am extra thankful for their delicious food. The aroma of curry in the kitchen and just thinking about the spiciness of papaya salad makes my mouth water. You don’t even have to ask my family about my cooking. I already know the answer:

“She can cook the basic scramble eggs, noodles, and rice. She might get you fast food if you raise your hand when she asks who’s hungry.”

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My sister-in-law, Sunning’s, green bean casserole from last year’s Thanksgiving. I always look forward to this dish because it’s so good!

It’s always a joke to say that in my family, but hey I know they give me credit for helping them prep, set the table, and clean.

I haven’t done any cooking or baking this year yet, but last year I was baking chocolate chip cookies for my family in Minnesota. I baked roughly 4 dozens of cookies. For my third dozen, it took a little bit longer to bake. I had no idea why it was taking 20 minutes when the instructions said about 10-12 minutes. After I took the cookies out of the oven, the middle was still gooey and raw. I came to realize I had turned off the oven when I took out the second batch. Haha, whoops! I told my family that if they eat a cookie that taste funny, it means good luck. Just kidding! My family still loves me though. It’s the thought that counts.

Noodles topped with cilantro!

Noodles topped with cilantro!

This Thanksgiving, I’m in charge of the pies and sparkling juice! Easy as 1-2-3! Except, I’m going to take on a challenge! Making cheesecake pumpkin pie. No worries, my 18-year-old niece, Dystany, is going to help and supervise. The little ones Nevaeh, Kace, & Cienna will definitely be the taste testers and there’s always back up pumpkin pies at the grocery store too!

When life gets a little out of control, I remind myself:

“Too blessed to be stressed.”

A little quote to share with you this Thanksgiving year. Don’t forget to view our cooking and traveling safety tips also. I hope you all have a belly-too-full-to-move Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones! Safe travels & stay warm!

American Red Cross Offers Thanksgiving Cooking and Travel Tips

thansgivingMillions of Americans will be preparing meals and traveling throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The American Red Cross has safety tips for the kitchen and for the highway.

“More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chief Operating Officer. “The week of Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest travel periods. We want people to arrive at their destinations, enjoy time with their loved ones and make it home safely.”

COOKING SAFETY:  Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries. Follow these safety tips:

  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the cooking area.
  • Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.
  • Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage.

TRAVEL SAFETY:  Vehicles should be in good working order before heading out. Remember to:

  • Pack emergency supplies like blankets, water and snacks, flashlight and first aid kit.
  • Fill the fuel tank, check air pressure in tires and top-off windshield fluid.
  • Buckle up and obey all traffic signs.
  • Avoid distractions while driving like using mobile phones to talk or text.
  • Designate a driver who won’t be drinking whenever alcohol is served.

holiday-safetyThe Red Cross has a variety of emergency supplies and first aid kits available at redcrossstore.org.

KNOW HOW TO TREAT EMERGENCIES: People can learn how to respond to emergencies by downloading the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever they need it. The app is available in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

Soup’s On Cooks Up a Record Evening

Soup 3The results are in from the Red Cross’ annual Soup’s On fundraiser which took place on Friday, November 1st at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. A new concept for the event named the “High School Challenge” helped the chapter raise a record $50,000 for local programming.

It was the 20th year for Soup’s On but the first year in which 10 area high schools were invited to work with a restaurant/chef as a team. Each team aimed to win the Platinum Ladle Trophy for the best-tasting soup of the night.

The high school students were also encouraged to campaign for votes prior to event night where one vote equaled a one dollar donation to the Red Cross. The school with the most “votes” would receive a  $1,000 grant to purchase new cooking equipment for their culinary classroom.

“The High School Challenge was just what Soup’s On needed to bring it back to life,” said Becky Bergin, Director of Special Events for the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin. “The students added so much fun and excitement to the evening. And wow, can they all cook! Every soup was great and we received a lot of good feedback from our event guests.”

The teams and the soups that were created for the event were as follows:

  • Appleton East High School and Café Bon Appétit of Lawrence University made Pozole
  • Appleton North High School and Mark’s East Side made Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
  • Appleton West High School and Grand Meridian made Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Fox Valley Lutheran and Pullman’s made Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • Green Bay Preble and Big Tomatoes made Preble’s Chorizo Chili
  • Hortonville High School and Ione’s Dining Room of Fox Valley Technical College made Buffalo Chicken Chili
  • Kaukauna High School and The Kangaroost made Baked Potato Soup
  • Little Chute High School and The Main Event Steakhouse made LC Chinese Chowder
  • Neenah High School and Cannova’s Pizzeria made Pumpkin Soup with Rocket Relish
  • Xavier High School and Atlas Coffee Mill and Café made Curry Apple Soup

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Throughout the evening, each guest was able to vote for their favorite soup. The Kaukauna High School/The Kangaroost team took home the Platinum Ladle Trophy for their Baked Potato Soup.

Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01

Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01

As for the new fundraising component, Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01 for the American Red Cross. Appleton North came in at a very close second, winning the runner-up prize of a Kitchen Aid professional mixer. All told, student fundraising from the 10 high schools brought in over $8,800.

“It was a very exciting evening for the kids,” said Lauren Ott, family consumer sciences teacher at Appleton West High School. “They loved working with the chef and got first-hand experience cooking in a real commercial kitchen. They got to use different equipment that we don’t get to use in the classroom.”

“Events like Soup’s On are absolutely vital in raising funding to support our programs and services,” Bergin added. “They are also a great way to introduce those unfamiliar with what we do, to our mission of providing emergency relief and teaching emergency preparedness. We can’t thank our sponsors, the schools, the restaurants and our volunteers enough for making our 20th Anniversary of Soup’s On SOUP-ERB!!!”

A Look Back in Photos

Thursday, November 14, was our Fall Celebration of Support event to recognize volunteers and supporters of the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin.

Please enjoy our “Year in Pictures” video that we shared at the banquet showcasing our Red Cross workers  and the services we provided throughout the year.

Do you want to join our ranks? Please go to: www.redcross.org/newisconsin to sign-up to volunteer.