Northeast WI Year End Wrap

By Guest Blogger Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive  

There isn’t a household in America that hasn’t benefited from the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross. Together, we prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies through a network of dedicated volunteers, community partners, staff and donors alike. We thank you all! 

Did you know our volunteers are called into action nearly every-other day in Northeast WI? Around the clock, our staff and trained volunteers provide the basic need services to help individuals and families weather any storm. Residential fires are the most common (90%) of our responses. Additionally, we experienced several multi-county floods and deployed individuals across the nation through our mutual aid system. Through thick and thin, all disaster assistance is free just when people need a little help the most. This support is made possible through the generosity the American people.

This year, we supported more than 1,630 military families through emergency messages, and pre-deployment briefings. Plus, we expanded our work with Veterans at the Oscar G. Johnson Hospital and Outreach Clinics in Iron Mountain, MI and the King Facility in Waupaca, WI. This includes the distribution of over 5,000 personal greeting cards through our Holiday Mail for Heroes program.   

Our health & safety training spans from youth to senior education. With more than 45,000 trained annually in life-saving skills, we have saved countless lives. A few hours in a classroom or on-line could mean the difference between life and death. We urge you to make a New Years resolution to be Red Cross Ready in the coming months.

Every two seconds someone in the USA needs the gift of life. In Northeast WI, Red Cross volunteers donated over 38,000 units of blood in 2010; selflessly giving so much to someone they may never know. We’re proud to provide nearly half the nation’s blood supply.

The American Red Cross is a dynamic organization that has served the country since 1881. Today, each of our volunteers has their own story and reason for giving back. It’s our honor to call them our partners and brand ambassadors. Together, we roll up our sleeves, open our hearts and jump-in to change lives.

Seasons Greetings!

Steve Hansen

 P.S. A comprehensive Northeast WI Regional Report to the Community is available at It contains additional details, stories, photos and more.

State Farm Donation Supports Local Red Cross

A generous donation to the Northeast Wisconsin Region of the American Red Cross was recently received from State Farm Insurance. The $5,000 gift was approved after heavy rains started causing widespread flooding in mid-July. The funds purchased residential clean-up kits, which were presented to homeowners and renters throughout affected neighborhoods.


The clean-up kits were given – at no charge; as all Red Cross disaster assistance is free – to flood victims. The clean-up kits are packed with a variety of cleaning supplies, including brooms, a mop, squeegee, rubber and work gloves, Clorox bleach, various disinfectants and more. The importance of these kits is that they assist with the clean-up and help prevent mold from developing.


Throughout the region, Red Cross volunteers and staff distributed the clean-up kits at central pick-up locations and went door-to-door through affected areas after heavy rains and rising rivers began on July 14.


“State Farm is committed to helping people recover from unexpected events that can happen without warning,” said Elizabeth Tharp, Vice President of Agency for Wisconsin. “By supporting the Red Cross and providing clean-up kits to the community, we are able to help area residents affected by the recent flooding recover as quickly as possible.”


“When we present clean-up materials to someone who has water in their home, their eyes light up. They are so appreciative of the work of the American Red Cross while we can’t do this without valuable partnerships and financial contributions from companies such as State Farm Insurance. We are very grateful for their local support,” gleamed Steve Hansen, the Northeast WI Region Chapter Executive. 


About American Red Cross:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four Chapters serving 20 counties by providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. This regional grouping strives to maintain both consistency and momentum in serving this purpose across the multiple Chapters including the East Central Wisconsin, Lakeland Chapter, Outagamie and Scenic Shores Chapter. See for details.


About State Farm®:
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm’s 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of ces. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit® or in Canada®.