Red Cross in Need of Volunteer Drivers

Thank you Fox 11 & Angela Kelly for focusing on our need for additional volunteer drivers today to support our Transportation Program!  IMAG1490 Fox 11 interview - Angela

The American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin is in need of volunteer drivers for its Transportation Services program. The program offers rides to individuals 60 or older or who have a disability and need transportation for a variety of reasons — from medical appointments to grocery store trips.

Currently, there are 80 volunteers who drive a fleet of 24 vehicles throughout the Green Bay metro, Pulaski areas and starting October 22, Denmark area.

Rides are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It costs $3 per person, per one-way ride.

Click here for more information. Red Cross leaders say the program is in need of more volunteer drivers.

It’s one way you can be “Making A Difference.”  Click here to learn more about how to volunteer. FOX 11’s Angela Kelly learned more about the program for Wednesday’s Good Day Wisconsin.

Click on the video links to watch interviews with Red Cross leaders, current volunteer drivers and program clients.

Daughter of soldier tugs at our hearts

Dad serving in Afghanistan

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Appleton – Natalie Ross told us she’s not crying about her father serving overseas because she’s “really happy” and she “wants him to help people.”

Natlie’s father is serving in Afghanistan.  He was home on leave, but left again on Sunday.

Natlie and some her friends at Apple Tree Connections Day Care Center in Appleton are making cards as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.  Through December 9th, The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, Inc. will collect holiday cards from local school, businesses and events to send to troops overseas.

Are you interested in sending a card?

You can mail it to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

For a full list of recommended guidelines to participate in the program, click here .

 

 

WLUK Fox 11 – Live Shots: Water still high in Oshkosh

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OSHKOSH – The storms that rolled through yesterday and overnight in Northeast Wisconsin dropped about 4″ of rain in Oshkosh.

FOX 11’s Angela Kelly spent Thursday morning in Oshkosh where many areas are still flooded.

Sawyer Creek in Oshkosh is swollen this morning, due to the heavy rain.

The creek has now overflowed into parts of the Westhaven neighborhood, including a large area behind Mercy Medical Center.

Gary Troxell, an employee at Mercy Medical Center walks to work everyday, and was surprised by what he saw Thursday morning.

“I was expecting the creek to be swollen, but not this bad,” said Troxell.

Parts of Westhaven Golf Course are also under water due to the swollen creek.

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The American Red Cross plans to send teams out this morning to do damage assessments across Winnebago County.

Crews will also be delivering clean-up kits to residents throughout the county who need them.

Nick Cluppert, Emergency Services Manager for the Red Cross in Oshkosh, says most affected residents have flooding and or water damage in their basements, but there are some reports of trees that have fallen on homes.

There are several streets under water in Oshkosh as well, many of which experienced flooding in 2008.

Cluppert says those streets include 9th, 20th, Ohio, Clay and Jackson.

Damage appears to be mostly basement flooding.

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Steve Hansen, the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross was in Oshkosh Thursday morning as well.

“I don’t think there is any area of Northeast Wisconsin that wasn’t affected by this storm,” said Hansen.

Hansen says they could hand out 300-500 clean-up kits to residents throughout the region. The kits include brooms, a squeegee, bleach, bags and other supplies.

Call your local Red Cross chapter if you are in need of one.