United Way Kick Off Time

UWEach year, the United Way’s community campaign partners corporations and individuals alike to raise funds for local community programs. This fundraiser is so very important because for the American Red Cross it means we can:

  • We provide shelter and hope along with financial support for food, infant supplies & clothing for those who just lost everything in a fire
  • Educate children, elderly and civic groups alike simple-steps to better prepare for an emergency
  • Provide safe, reliable transportation to those 60 and old and/or with a disability get to their needed appointments.

The Brown County United Way kicked off their campaign Thursday, Sept 5 with their 6th Annual Glow Golf Campaign Kickoff event.

Brown County United Way Campaign Chair, Denis Hogan announced a 2013 Community Campaign goal of $4,050,000.

“This is a big goal, but very achievable in a compassionate community like ours,” said Hogan. “I’m honored to be a part of this effort. The funds raised will have a critical impact on program outcomes in Brown County.”

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to kick off our internal campaign on Tuesday, September 10.  Not only does the United Way support the Red Cross, but our employees support the United Way.

We are proud to be a charity partner of the following United Way Agencies: Green Lake County Area United Fund; Ripon United Way; United Way of New London; Waupaca Area United Way; United Way of Dickinson County; Fond du Lac Area United Way; Oshkosh Area United Way; United Way Fox Cities; Winneconne Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Way of Shawano County; Brown County United Way; Manitowoc County United Way; New Holstein Community Chest; Oostburg Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Fund of Kewaunee County; Valders Community Chest; Town of Chilton Community Fund; Greater Random Lake – Adell United Fund; Brillion Community Fund; Cedar Grove Area United Fund; Sheboygan and Plymouth Area United Way; United Fund of Chilton; Town of Chilton Community Fund

Super Donor Days 2013!

By Deb Mylener, Donor Recruitment Representative

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Julie Brunner donating in honor of her mom, Mary Brunner, because she can’t.

For the past 27 years, a special two-day blood drive has been held here in the Green Bay community to meet the patient needs before the 4th of July holiday.  This year, Super Donor Days was held on Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 at Shopko Hall.

Our goal this year was to collect 425 pints in two days, and we had more than 400 presenting donors with a grand total collection of 398 pints.  Although we fell slightly short of our goal for this event, over 1,190 patient lives may be saved! These donations will make a significant difference during the difficult summer months of blood collection.

Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers for another successful year of the Super Donor Days blood drive! More than 90 volunteers helped make this event possible and we could not have done this without the support from our cheerful, friendly and dedicated do-gooders.


To view pictures from the event click HERE.

Friday Funny: GEICO Dracula Commercial

Today is World Blood Donor Day, a day to thank our volunteers and donors for their generous donations of blood and blood products. Blood will always be a need and a gift of life. Get your Nexcare special bandages when you donate blood at your local Red Cross center.

We hope your weekend is as Happy as Dracula volunteering at a blood drive!

Superstorm Sandy Response 11-16-2012

Next 24 Hours Critical for Public to Make Hurricane Preparations

Posted October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is barreling toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The American Red Cross urges residents along the coast and interior regions to make their storm preparations now as heavy rains are forecast to begin in the Northeast Sunday afternoon. Click on the links in this story for details on how to get ready for Sandy.

Weather experts predict this massive weather system could affect as many as 50 million people, with the storm having a significant impact in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Hurricane Sandy will bring heavy rain and flooding, winds gusting up to 75 miles per hour, extended power outages and even snow.

WHAT WE’RE DOING  Some expect the approaching storm to be more powerful than Hurricane Irene, which caused a widespread disaster response operation in 2011. The Red Cross is mobilizing disaster workers and putting relief supplies into place. It also has shelters standing by and more than 100 emergency response vehicles on alert to respond, including vehicles from as far away as Wisconsin.

HELPFUL RED CROSS APPS Download the free Red Cross Hurricane App and First Aid App to have emergency information at your fingertips. The Red Cross also has videos available to help get prepared, including information on severe weather preparedness and how to get ready for winter weather.

PREPARE YOUR FAMILY Government officials and weather experts are urging people to get ready for the storm now. Bring anything inside that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture, etc.). Keep up-to-date about the storm’s progress and find out about your community’s disaster response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets.

CHECK DISASTER SUPPLIES Everyone should build or restock their disaster supply kits now. Replace or restock items as needed. These supplies should include:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

POWER OUTAGES Utility companies are warning customers that the storm could cause power outages lasting several days. Everyone should fill their vehicle’s gas tank and get extra cash now as gas pumps and ATMs won’t work if the power is out. Other steps you can take are:

  • Have coolers on hand and surround your food with ice in the cooler or refrigerator to keep food cold for a longer period of time. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use flashlights, not candles.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out to avoid damaging them when the power is restored.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car as traffic lights will be out and roads congested

USING A GENERATOR If you are planning to use a generator, never use it indoors, including in a garage, carport, basement, crawlspace or other area, even with ventilation. Generators put off carbon monoxide fumes, which can be deadly. Full details are available at the link above.

IF YOU HAVE TO EVACUATE  Several states have already declared a state of emergency and some are calling for voluntary evacuations in low-lying areas.Stay informed about the storm’s progress and evacuate if told to do so. If you need to find a shelter, download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check your local television, radio and newspaper.

If coming to a shelter, there are things you should bring with you such as:

  • Prescription medicine
  • Identification and valuable papers
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothing
  • Water, non-perishable food
  • Blankets, pillows and/or sleeping bags
  • Baby food and diapers

HOW TO HELP To help those who may be affected by this storm and other disasters, you can make a donation by visiting http://www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Massive Red Cross Response to Isaac Underway Along Gulf Coast Public’s Help Needed For Costly Relief Operation

The American Red Cross has a massive relief response underway along the Gulf Coast where Isaac’s strong winds and relentless rain are continuing to leave flooded homes and thousands of evacuees in its wake.

Overnight more than 4,700 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in seven states. More people may need shelter today as evacuations continue. In addition to staffing shelters, the more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have already served more than 22,000 meals and snacks.

“We need the public’s help,” reported Charley Shimanski, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services. “We expect to be in the Gulf Coast region for weeks helping people recover from Isaac, even as we are still helping people out west affected by wildfires. It’s been a busy summer and our costs are growing by the hour. People can help by donating today.”

People can click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

MORE HELP ON THE WAY While focusing on providing emergency sheltering and feeding, the Red Cross is also starting to move more volunteers, equipment and relief supplies into communities as the storm exits.

“Before the storm struck, we put workers, equipment, vehicles and trailers full of supplies just outside the impact area,” Shimanski said. “As the storm moves out of some communities, we’re starting to move assistance in and we’ll be providing people with food, water and relief supplies in the days ahead.”

The Red Cross sent 311,000 ready-to-eat meals to the area, and the Southern Baptist Convention has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day prepositioned to serve cooked meals when it is safe to do so. Other community partners assisting along the Gulf include AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, NAACP and the National Baptist Convention USA, helping with things like sheltering, feeding, driving disaster vehicles and logistics.

STAYING SAFE People along the Gulf Coast should follow instructions from officials on when to evacuate and when it’s safe to return home. They can let loved ones know they are safe by either downloading the Red Cross Hurricane App and using the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social media accounts, or registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website.

 The hurricane app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. It also provides important safety information and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The Safe and Well website is secure and people can register by visiting  www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.


Two Great Organization Coming Together to Save Lives!

Click HERE for event information:

At Least 3

Things are always more fun with a buddy, so why not bring 3 the next time you donate blood. Check out www.redcrossblood to find the closest blood drive to you.

American Red Cross Blood Donations Low in July as Temperatures Peak

 Just a few additional blood donors at remaining blood drives could boost supply

OSHKOSH, Wis. (July 24, 2012) – With extreme heat keeping some donors at home and severe storms forcing the cancellation of dozens of blood drives earlier in the month, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for donors of all blood types. If at least two additional donors give at each blood drive through the end of July – above what the American Red Cross already expects to collect – the blood supply would be sufficient to meet patient needs.

Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

“We cannot thank enough the blood donors who have already rolled up a sleeve this summer,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the support from donors in Wisconsin, and we’re encouraging all eligible donors who didn’t have a chance to give yet to step up and help patients by making an appointment, as well as those who gave earlier in the spring and are now again eligible.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United   States needs blood. As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is dedicated to ensuring that every patient who needs a lifesaving transfusion is able to receive one. In fact, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give this summer.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

7/27/2012, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Regional Red Cross Chapter Office, 515 S Washburn   St, Oshkosh

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 permission 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 more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Keeping the blood-lines open

Family of late De Pere mayor honors his memory with donations to Red Cross

Written by Todd McMahon The De Pere Journal

Family of the late Vic De Cleene gathered Dec. 22 at Pilgrim Congregational Church of Green Bay in Ashwaubenon for an American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive. The attendees, many of whom donated blood in memory of avid donor De Cleene, included, seated from left, Stacie Kramer, JoAnn Werner and Delila Longhofer; and standing from left, Debbie Johnson, Bob Arvey, Vonnie Voight, Miranda Werner, J.J. Werner and Buddy Werner. / Todd McMahon/The De Pere Journal

The spirit of giving was alive and well at the height of the holiday season late last week.

That much was evident just down the street from Bay Park Square Mall and neighboring shopping centers in Ashwaubenon. While last-minute shoppers hunted for open parking spots and tried to avoid brushing shoulders in the crowded stores, several residents opted for the non-hassle climate at Pilgrim Congregational Church of Green Bay.

Among them were nine family members of the late Vic De Cleene.

“It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” JoAnn Werner said after she donated a pint of blood at the American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive on Thursday. “And, in some ways, Dad is still giving blood because he’s doing it through us.”

De Cleene, a longtime De Pere resident who died of leukemia last summer, was as well known for his myriad acts of service for others, as he was serving his hometown as a longtime Common Council member and even a stint as mayor.

“He just wanted to always do things for people,” said Vonnie Voight, the youngest of De Cleene’s seven children. “He just was all about whatever he could do for other people. That’s what his life was all about.”

The final 30-plus years of De Cleene’s fulfilling 90 years of life included donating blood on a regular basis to the Red Cross.

“He was very religious about it,” Werner, 63, said of her father.

“He gave every 58 days (the standard wait time between donations) faithfully,” Voight, 52, added. “He was very good. So, it’s not too late for me.”

Thanks to the selfless example she remembers being set by De Cleene when she was growing up in De Pere, Voight started giving blood when she entered college at age 18. Her occasional visits to local Red Cross blood drives has produced a donation of 3 gallons of blood.

“Not as good as my dad,” Voight said with a knowing smile.

De Cleene came within a pint of donating 24 gallons of blood. He was scheduled to give another pint of blood the same week he was diagnosed with leukemia.

“Just a mover and a shaker, he was always moving around and doing stuff,” Werner said. “He got bruises on his arms, and the doctor noticed it and said, ‘Let’s check that out.’

“(Everything happened) very quick. He found out June 24, and he died July 7.”

De Cleene worked as a mason contractor and later as a building inspector for the state of Wisconsin.

He also dabbled in politics. He had two long runs as a De Pere alderman, from 1964 to ’76 and then in professional retirement from 1987 to ’95.

De Cleene expanded his public service when he became interim mayor for the city after Nancy Nusbaum was elected Brown County executive in September 1995. De Cleene completed Nusbaum’s term into the following year, but he didn’t run for election, passing the torch to the current mayor, Mike Walsh.

De Cleene didn’t slow down after he stepped away from the political arena.

De Cleene, the 1994 recipient of St. Norbert College’s Civis Princeps Silver Knight Award for community service, was heavily involved in the De Pere Men’s Club and initiated the Brown County MS Walk in honor of daughter Vicki.

He also volunteered as a driver for the Meals on Wheels program and with the American Red Cross’ transportation program.

Vonnie Voight of De Pere donates a pint of blood as phlebotomist Christie Johnson from American Red Cross checks on her Dec. 22 during the Holiday Blood Drive at Pilgrim Congregational Church of Green Bay in Ashwaubenon. Voight is the youngest of the late Vic De Cleene’s seven children. / Todd McMahon/The De Pere Journal

“He was such a good role model and such a good person that it made your life better; it made us better people,” said Voight, speaking for her siblings.

Werner fondly recalls how her father proudly displayed his badges of honor for the blood donations. He would put stickers he received for every gallon of blood that was donated on a Red Cross license-plate frame on his vehicle.

“We always knew how many gallons it was,” said Werner, adding of De Cleene’s final count of nearly 24 gallons. “That’s amazing. It really is. We thought it was cool when he got eight — that was pretty cool.”

Werner, Voight and three other family members — two of Werner’s children and a niece of De Cleene — rolled up their sleeves to give blood at last week’s holiday drive. Other family members comprised what Werner called “a cheering section.”

According to American Red Cross data, the agency must collect 22,000 donations each weekday and 15,000 each weekend to ensure blood is available for patients.

De Cleene’s family has vowed to keep donating in memory of its perpetually giving patriarch, who incidentally received platelet transfusions as he was treated for the leukemia.

“Just to know that there are so many people in need,” said Werner, a retired teacher who lives in Casco.

“I was talking to my grandson (one night last week), and I said lots of people get in accidents and they need blood and what if it wasn’t there, you’d feel terrible if there was something you could’ve done that you didn’t do,” Werner added. “They don’t know you, and you don’t know them, but it’s still a neat thing to help.”

Voight, a De Pere resident, returned to her teaching job Thursday morning in Howard with the satisfaction of doing another ounce, er, pint of goodness.

“I was a slacker (with the donations) for a while, and I knew he was doing it,” Voight said. “Now, I feel like I have to step up to the plate because he’s not here, so I’m taking this over for him. I used to shovel for him, and now I’ll just give blood for him.”