Help the Red Cross by Shredding Your Confidential Information

A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank are teaming up for an event to encourage the proper disposal of sensitive documents and help the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at the same time.  The community shred event will take place 9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Nicolet Bank locations in Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, De Pere and Howard

“All too often, documents containing sensitive information get tossed in the trash before first getting shredded and with identity theft on the rise, proper disposal is crucial,” said Eric Haas, president of A.R.M.S, a full-service, commercial records center located in De Pere.  “Knowing that many folks complete paper purges before the end of the year, we knew this was the perfect time to encourage proper destruction, all while helping to benefit the Red Cross.” 

Residents can bring up to three boxes of documents per person.  A donation to the Red Cross of $5 per box is suggested.  The following Nicolet National Bank locations are participating in the event:

2363 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon, 2082 Monroe Road in Bellevue, 2380 Dousman Street in Howard and 1610 Lawrence Drive in De Pere.  

During the event, mobile shredding trucks from A.R.M.S. will be parked at each participating Nicolet National Bank location.  The vehicles are designed to deposit a bin full of documents to be shredded into the truck with a push of a button.  “Our trucks have a screen for our team members to watch the documents being dropped into the shredder so they’re assured no documents are left behind or have fallen out of the bin,” said Haas.  “Once everything is shredded, we make sure the waste is recycled.”                                                                          

Executive director for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, Steve Maricque, says events like the shred event are important as the needs of families today are greater than ever.  “During a time of disaster (such as a family home fire) that need is even more apparent,” he said.  “A gift to the American Red Cross will provide immediate shelter, food and clothing to a family when they need it most.  For example, $50 will provide shelter for a family for one night.”

Representatives from A.R.M.S., Nicolet National Bank and the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter will be on hand during the event to talk about the importance of protecting sensitive information as well as supporting the local Red Cross.

For more information about the shredding event, please contact A.R.M.S. at (920) 339-0135 or Nicolet National Bank at (920) 430-1400.

Founded in 1983, A.R.M.S. (Automated Records Management Systems) provides information management and protection services to businesses throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  As a full-service commercial records center, A.R.M.S. provides “Information Management from Inception through Destruction” for customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. For more information visit


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Book Teaches Children About Haiti Earthquake

By Sarah Thomsen, WBAY -TV 2: Click HERE  for Video of Story.

Nine months after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, cleanup and recovery continue.

Now a local woman is trying to help victims — and help children understand what happened, in a unique way.

Kristin Martell read a special story to children at Butterfly Books in De Pere Thursday night. The story recounts the Haiti earthquake, but from a child’s perspective.

“I really wanted it to speak to children and help them understand what happened and not be too gruesome but bring them into what was going on and how they might feel,” Martell said.

Martell found herself glued to the television after the earthquake, wanting to help.

Since she couldn’t physically go there, she wrote and illustrated her book, Haiti Mon Amour.

She tells the story in French, since she teaches the language and Haitians speak Creole, which is similar to French.

It shows kids what life was like before the earthquake and after, and how the world helped.

Most of all, it helps them not to forget.

“What is an earthquake? Are the people OK? Are they still getting help? You know, keeping them in our memories and being able to help them continually, because it will take years for them to recover.”

All proceeds from this book go to the American Red Cross to help Haiti victims.

“That’s what I really want this book to do is help them feel like, yes, I helped them, I helped Haiti, I helped them try to recover from something so devastating.”

Partners Investing in the Positive

On Thursday, May 27, supporters of the Red Cross Lakeland Chapter demonstrated that community really means being there for each other. Local heroes partnered together in the first ever Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross, which was a part of the Heroes fund raising campaign.

Our heroes from the following fire departments supported the Red Cross Lakeland Chapter in the Bucket Brigade: Abrams, Ashwaubenon, Green Bay, Bellevue, De Pere, Howard, Suamico, and Pulaski. Austin Straubel Public Safety and 911 Dispatch also pitched in to help. These heroes together with Emergency Services Director, Judy Gregory, and the Lakeland Chapter Disaster Action Team raised over $5,700.


The Red Cross is always there when we call for the victims and for us so it’s my way of giving back for all they do,” says Assistant Chief Rick Race from the town of Abrams Fire Department.

Fire fighters from the many participating departments along with Red Cross volunteers were stationed at several locations in Brown and Oconto County to collect donations and talk about their partnership. Fire fighters brought a fire truck to each location for an inside peak at the technology and apparatus used to save lives. Volunteers worked hard to raise awareness of the fundraising efforts. Fire fighters from the town of Abrams even pumped peoples gas for a donation.

Nancy Mirhashemi, Red Cross Volunteer, says she saw a great deal of foot traffic on the beautiful day. “People have been very generous.”

For Karli Piper, one of the volunteers from Brown County Public Safety Communications Center, it was an opportunity to help out and spend time with her daughter. “I like to be out in the community as much as possible.”

“Public education and safety is at the heart of what we do.” Lt. Dave Walters, of Austin Straubel Public Safety, says their primary responsibility is to be available for commercial operations for aircraft but they also serve many functions as a fire department. This event was an opportunity to work with other departments and agencies while engaging with the community to spread the word on an important cause.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on enabling individuals and families affected by disaster to independently resume their normal daily activities by meeting their emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, clothing, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs. The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to hospitals treating disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.

“I believe in The Red Cross; I think they do wonderful things for people,” says Linda Safford. As a volunteer from Brown County Public Safety Communications Center she hopes to be back next year. “We just all give a little part and make it successful.”

All of us together make a great team. We really do,” says Linda Safford.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Responds to a Duplex Fire

Monday, February 15, two American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter volunteers responded to a duplex fire around 12:30am on Suburban Dr, in De Pere. The fire displaced two adults and two teenagers. Only one side of the duplex was affected.

Disaster workers assisted the family with lodging, monetary assistance for clothing and food. We also provided the clients with comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts.

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s local disaster relief fund. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at