“Hats on for HEROES”

By: Vicki P. Jenks, Red Cross Board Member & Disaster Action Team volunteer

The Chain O’ Lakes Elementary School (K-2) and faculty recently held a “Hats on for HEROES” Day for the local American Red Cross in Waupaca county. 

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On February 28th, the Cat in the Hat inspired the students to wear a hat all day long for just $1.  Cumulatively, the students raised $100.  The funds will be used for local disaster relief in Waupaca County.  The most prevalent disaster locally are RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  Funds raised are used for such basic needs as temporary shelter, food, clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, the replacement of prescription medications, eyeglasses, and more. 

“Down the street, across the country, around the world…the Red Cross is there” because of compassionate, generous American citizens like the students and faculty at Chain O’ Lakes Elementary 

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Principal Rhonda Hare is shown presenting Vicki P. Jenks, Red Cross Board Member and Disaster Action Team volunteer, the donation.

Waushara County Tavern League HEROES for Local American Red Cross

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On Thursday, January 24th, Denise Blader, President, of the Waushara County Tavern League, presented a $1,000 donation for the local American Red Cross to Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member and Disaster Action Team volunteer.   (pictured above)

This most generous donation will be used right here in Waushara County for disaster relief.  The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  Winter, unfortunately, is the busiest fire season for Red Cross responses, but even more brutal for the clients who have just lost everything.  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 for basic needs, quilts, stuffed toys, medications, and a shoulder to lean on.  The Red Cross also supports first responders with hydration and food.  The AMERICAN RED CROSS—96% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families in a very emotional, difficult time.

Members of the Waushara County Red Cross Disaster Action Team are Vic and Edith Fousek, Coloma, Chuck and Jo Patzer, and John and Vicki Jenks, Wild Rose.  They work closely with fellow Red Cross D.A.T. members in Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca counties.  If you’re interested in volunteering for your local Red Cross, please contact Vicki at 920-622-3152 or email vickipjenks@gmail.com.