FARMERS STATE BANK: American Red Cross HERO

By Vicki Jenks, Red Cross Disaster Team Member and American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member

Shown left to right:  Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member;  and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

Shown left to right: Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member; and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

For eight consecutive years, Farmers State Bank, Waupaca & Wild Rose branches, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local work of the American Red Cross.  This year’s generous $1,000 gift will be utilized for Local Disaster Relief.

The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES—winter being the busiest, worst time of the year.  When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene items, a place to stay, financial assistance, medications, quilts, stuffed toys, and a shoulder to lean on.  The Red Cross also supports first responders with food and hydration.  The AMERICAN RED CROSS—90% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families in a very emotional, difficult time.

 “Down the street, across the country, around the world…the Red Cross is there.   Special thanks to Farmers State Bank for their steadfast belief in the world’s greatest humanitarian organization.

 HEROES 2015 Musicales are set for Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th.   For tickets and silent auction donor information,  call Vicki P. Jenks, Red Cross board member,  at (920) 622-3152.    

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1st National Bank-Waupaca: American Red Cross HERO

By Vicki Jenks, Board Member Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and Disaster Team Member: 

Pictured:  Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross  Northeast Wisconsin Board Member and Nicholas E. Burington, 1st National Bank Executive Assistant.

Pictured: Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member and Nicholas E. Burington, 1st National Bank Executive Assistant.

For four consecutive years, 1st National Bank in Waupaca, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local AMERICAN RED CROSS efforts in Waupaca, Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette.  1st National Bank’s gift will be utilized for both Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in Waupaca County.

The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES-winter being the busiest, worst time of the year.  When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers may provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene kits, a place to stay, financial assistance, replacement of prescription medications, quilts, stuffed toys and a shoulder to lean on.  The American Red Cross—91% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families during a most difficult time in their life.

As mentioned, 1st National Bank’s gift will also assist the Service to the Armed Forces work in Waupaca County.  As the only entity in the world authorized to validate and relay emergency messages to military service personnel in the world, your local Red Cross handles approximately 20 SAF cases annually in Waupaca County.

The 8th annual HEROES Musicales will occur on ARMED FORCES DAY, Saturday, May 16th, in the Wild Rose home of Red Cross volunteers, John and Vicki Jenks.  For tickets and silent auction donor information, please call (920) 622-3152 or Email vickipjenks@gmail.com.

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Waupaca Middle School Hosts “Hats on for Heroes” for local American Red Cross

Pictured L to R:    Waupaca Middle School Student Council and Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin Board Member.

Pictured L to R: Waupaca Middle School Student Council and Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member.

On Friday, April 12th, Waupaca Middle School, Ben Rayome, Principal, helped their local American Red Cross by hosting “Hats on for HEROES”.  A simple, yet very important fundraiser, students pay $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat for the day.  “Hats on for HEROES” is certainly not new to the Waupaca School District, led by Superintendent Dave Poeschl.  Both the Waupaca High School’s S.A.D.D. chapter (Dale Feldt, advisor) and Chain O’ Lakes Elementary (Rhonda Hare, Principal) held similar events this past winter.

“The beauty of HEROES,” said Red Cross board member and volunteer, Vicki P. Jenks, “is that the monies raised stay local—in this case, Waupaca County.  Although Americans generously respond to national and global disasters, it is also nice to know that we can take care of our own local citizens.”  Donor intent is always honored by the Red Cross.  There are two funding options with HEROES 2013Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces (SAF).

Every 9 minutes in the United States, an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (for example the Waupaca County D.A.T. team is always “on call”) is responding to a disaster.  The most common disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  Fortunately, through the generosity of donors, the Red Cross is able to provide such things as temporary shelter, food, clothing, bedding and linens. Prescription medications and vision needs are also replaced.  Long after the initial disaster, the Red Cross continues to follow through.

Service to the Armed Forces, an integral program of the Red Cross since 1905, is a new component of HEROES 2013.  The American Red Cross is the only entity in the world mandated by Congress to validate and relay emergency messages to service members anywhere in the world, 24/7/365.  On average, 400 emergency messages are communicated daily by the Red Cross.  Additionally, the Red Cross coordinates service personnel returning home in the event of a death in the family.  Red Cross volunteers serve our two regional VA hospitals located in Iron Mountain and Milwaukee, plus provide Holiday Mail for HEROES at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

“Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is theresm  because of altruistic Americans such as the students, faculty and staff of the Waupaca School District.

If you are interested in hosting a “Hats on for HEROES” event at your workplace, school, church, service club or youth group for HEROES 2014, please contact Vicki P. Jenks, vickipjenks@gmail.com, 920-622-3152.

1st National Bank “HERO” for local American Red Cross

By Vicki Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member and Volunteer

On Monday, April 29th, the local American Red Cross received a most generous $1,000 gift from 1st National Bank, presented by President, Tom Jensen.

Vicki Jenks, Joyce Petit, Thomas L. Jensen and Betsy

Pictured left to right along with Tom are:  Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin Board Member, Joyce Petit, long-time Red Cross Disaster Action Team member, and Betsy Wandtke, Red Cross Major Gifts Officer.

Known well as a supportive community organization, 1st National Bank originally became involved with HEROES last year holding a Casual For a Cause Day with all donations assisting the local American Red Cross work in Green Lake and Waushara counties.  The expansion to official HERO ($1,000 donation) allows the Red Cross to further its work both in local disaster relief and also Service to the Armed Forces (SAF).

 “The community of Berlin is marvelously supportive in countless ways. As a relative newcomer to east central Wisconsin, every day holds a heartwarming story of the gigantic hearts of its altruistic, thoughtful citizens,” said Vicki P. Jenks, HEROES volunteer coordinator, Wild Rose.

Every 9 minutes in the US, an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.) responds to some sort of disaster—the most common being RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  The local D.A.T. team springs immediately into action offering such things as temporary shelter, food, clothing, and bedding and linens.  Additionally, the Red Cross can replace prescription medications and vision wear lost in the fire.  Perhaps most importantly, however, is the INVALUABLE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT the team members provide.  Long after the initial disaster, the Red Cross continues its follow through.

Although Service to the Armed Forces (S.A.F.) has been an integral program to the Red Cross since 1905, it is new to HEROES this year.  The American Red Cross is the only entity in the world mandated by Congress to validate and relay emergency messages to military service member across the globe.  On average, 400 emergency messages are relayed daily.  Perhaps a service member is able to arrive home in time for a funeral of a family member due to the assistance of the Red Cross.   Additionally, Red Cross volunteers work in our two regional VA hospitals in Iron Mountain and Milwaukee.  Closer to home, volunteers assist distributing Holiday Mail for HEROES at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

 

6th Annual HEROES BENEFIT MUSICALES

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Westfield School District Hosts “Hats on for HEROES” for Local American Red Cross

By Vicki Jenks, American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer and Board Member

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(Pictured left to right) Jon Brakebush, Lexi Brakebush, Judy Brakebush, Vicki Jenks, & John Eyerly, Superintendent Westfield School District

On Friday, March 15th, the Westfield School District assisted their local American Red Cross by hosting “Hats on for HEROES”.  A simple fundraiser in which a student pays $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat for the day, “Hats on for HEROES”—a first-time event, was extremely successful. 

All the funds will be utilized locally in Marquette County for Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces. 

The most common disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  Every 9 minutes in the United States, a Red Cross Disaster Worker responds to a fire.  Due to the generosity of the American people, the Red Cross is able to provide temporary shelter, food, clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, and personal hygiene items.  They can also facilitate the replacement of prescription medications and eyewear.  But perhaps the most important gift Disaster Workers provide is INVALUABLE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. 

Service to Armed Forces is a new addition to the HEROES fundraiser this year.  Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross relays urgent messages containing accurate, factual, complete and verified descriptions of the emergency to service members stationed anywhere in the world, including on ships at sea and at embassies and remote locations.

The Red Cross provides emergency financial assistance, volunteers in area VA Hospitals, and sees that military members arrive home for funerals and births.  This “personal touch”, again, is due to the incredible generosity of citizens like the Westfield students, staff and administration. 

Brakebush Brothers, well known as a philanthropic corporate citizen, stepped up to also become a HERO and facilitated the new Red Cross relationship with the Westfield School District. 

“Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is there”, because of students like those who attend the Westfield Schools and generous corporations like Brakebush Brothers.

Waupaca High School “S.A.D.D.” Chapter Hosts “Hats on for HEROES” for Local American Red Cross

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Pictured Left to Right: Elizabeth Olson, Vicki Jenks (Red Cross Board Member), Nichole Thorne, Christina Rasmussen, Dale Feldt (S.A.D.D. Advisor)

By Vicki Jenks – Red Cross Board Member and Disaster Volunteer –

On Friday, March 8th, Waupaca High School’s S.A.D.D. chapter (Dale Feldt, Advisor), helped their local American Red Cross by hosting “Hats on for HEROES”.  A simple fundraiser where students pay a $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat for the day, “Hats on For Heroes”, was also hosted at Chain O’ Lakes Elementary.

All the funds from various HEROES functions throughout not only Waupaca County, but also Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette counties, will be utilized for Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces.

The most common disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  Every 9 minutes in the United States, a Red Cross Disaster Action Team responds to a fire.  Volunteers—due to the generosity of the American public—are able to provide temporary shelter, food, clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, and personal hygiene items.  They can even facilitate the replacement of prescription medications and eyewear.  Most important is the INVALUABLE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT rendered on site and for months to come.

New with HEROES 2013, is the donor choice of SERVICE TO THE ARMED FORCES.  Whether relaying emergency messages to service members—24/7—, volunteering at VA Hospitals, providing emergency financial assistance, seeing that a military member arrives home for a funeral or birth, the AMERICAN RED CROSS provides that “personal touch”.

“Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is theresm”, because of students like the members of Waupaca High School’s S.A.D.D. chapter.  Congratulations, students!!  Thank you for helping your local American Red Cross.

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