DINE-OUT TO SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF

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Restaurants & Patrons Pair Taste-buds and Disaster Relief Together

On March 27th, food establishments across Eastern Wisconsin and the Michigan border communities will work together to support the American Red Cross as participants in the Dine Out for Disaster Relief.  Restaurants, pubs and eateries will donate a portion of sales to benefit local Red Cross disaster relief programs. With the primary fire season being exceptionally active, and working in a budget overage situation, the timing to eat-out and support the Red Cross couldn’t be better.

Share with us your Dine Out Restaurant of choice! #dine4disaster

Share with us your Dine Out Restaurant of choice! #dine4disaster

With each residential fire, we are there 24/7/365 to help the families with immediate needs and help guide them toward longer-term recovery.  In the first eight months of our fiscal year, we are already $56,000 over budget!  We can’t stop responding as families need us.  Therefore, please make it a date-night, office lunch outing, morning breakfast or late night snack to help support local disaster relief.

While the Red Cross responds to big disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes each year, the most frequent threat people face is a fire in their own home. In fact, Disaster Action Team workers respond to an emergency every nine minutes around the United States. Locally, it was 644 disaster responses last year ranging from fires to tornadoes, winter power outages and flooding!  Red Cross responders are a dynamic team that is empowered to deal with crises throughout our communities. When a disaster strikes, we provide a place to sleep, warm meals, emotional support and hope. Through the support of our communities, we help provide basic emergency needs, financial assistance and recovery guidance.

“Restaurants are such valued partners with the American Red Cross. Their generosity is amazing. Not only do they support fundraisers like Dine Out for Disaster Relief, but they also support the Red Cross by donating gift certificates for our event raffles and food and beverages to help feed shelter residents or emergency personnel during larger disasters,” commented Becky Bergin, the Dine Out organizer. “Overall, they are great community supporters”, she concluded.

A handful of restaurants are supporting the American Red Cross with month-long activities in honor of “March is Red Cross Month”. Some have also selected different days and times that fit better with their hours of operation and schedules. A list of each restaurant and their way of supporting this annual philanthropic effort is listed below.

For the fourth year, Dine Out for Disaster Relief is presented by Society Insurance, headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

You can join in on our conversation! Help us by talking about your Dine Out for Disaster Relief activities on your social media sites – Facebook & Twitter! For Twitter, use #Dine4Disaster

Click HERE for a list of participating restaurants:

Overcoming War, Sickness, & Struggle – My Mother’s Heroic Story

By: PaKou Lee, Social Media Intern

“Who is your hero?”

I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before, whether it was for a school essay, speech presentation or in your daily conversations. There are so many different and amazing answers: celebrities, super heroes, a family member or a stranger… the list is endless.

My mother. She is my hero. When I think about my mother, she is definitely heroic. Her story is incredible. And here’s why:

My mother, Mao Moua, at Christmas time!

During the Vietnam War, the Hmong people aided the United States by rescuing downed pilots and fighting where America needed them. The Veit Cong were hunting down the Hmong people because of this. Can you imagine running for your life in the jungles of Laos? You’re holding your children’s hands, hoping they don’t make any noise. Fearing that if your child cries of hunger, the sound will attract the enemy that carries a deadly weapon. Then you have to think quickly as to how you and your family are going to swim across the Mekong River to get to the Thailand border, where temporarily freedom awaits. (I always imagine trying to swim across the Mississippi River, which is crazy!). You beg for your life to get on a boat. You find ways to build a boat out of bamboo. All of these thoughts and images cross my mind when I think about my mother. I don’t think I would ever be able to handle what she and my older siblings went through. I have a better life because she survived the war. 

I was in elementary school when she started studying for her citizenship. She barely spoke English, she knew the basic ‘yes and no’ and so forth, yet she still struggled. She played her tape cassette all day long, listening and learning about what was going to be on her citizen test. She would repeat the questions and answers to herself, “Who was the first president of the United States? George Washington.” My mom passed her test and became a citizen. She studied and practiced so hard, she deserved every bit of it. I was so proud of her.

My mother passed away when I was twenty. I think I was a junior in high school when she was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure.  She had dialysis three times a week, 3-4 hours a day at DaVita. During my first two and half years of college, I scheduled my classes around her dialysis schedule so I could go with her. I don’t know how she did it. I wasn’t even the one receiving dialysis and I was always exhausted during and after. There were times when we stayed overnight for a few days at the hospital every month. It was definitely a roller coaster. Her blood sugar was too low or her blood pressure was too high. Something was always wrong.

I remember when she received her first blood transfusion. The nurse explained the process and consent forms. I had to explain it to my mom in Hmong. She teased me because I couldn’t pronounce a Hmong word correctly or couldn’t find the right term. It was a good laughing medicine.

I want to thank my mother’s heroes: the nurses, doctors, and especially the blood donors. Without your generous donations, I’m not sure what would have happened. But I’m glad my mother was able to receive it and be able to live. Thank you for helping my hero stay alive and be a little bit stronger for me. I’m so thankful to be a part of the American Red Cross and to have Jody Weyers be my mentor. I’ve met amazing people and new friends through this internship. I’m so proud to be a Red Crosser!

#BeAHero

Are U Up For a Challenge?

In the recent weeks, many blood drives have been rescheduled and/or cancelled due to the winter storm and below zero temperatures. In Wisconsin, the Badger-Hawkeye Region had 14 drives canceled, resulting in 566 uncollected blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to give.

To help ensure a we_challenge_u_bannersufficient blood supply this winter season, the American Red Cross is partnering with colleges and universities for the We Challenge U blood drive program. From Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2014, students at participating schools are challenged to help boost the blood supply. All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. When inclement weather and cold and flu season traditionally impact donors’ availability to give blood, let’s meet the challenge!

Here’s your chance to make a difference! On Thursday, January 16th, Bay College West is hosting a blood drive from 10:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. in the Conference Room. The campus is on 2801 N US 2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

Are you ready for this? Challenge accepted070731-205752

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3 Easy Steps to Snap & Share Your Postagram

This holiday season, the American Red Cross has partnered with Postagram to give you a new and exciting way to send a free postcard to your loved ones about your blood donation.

1. Simply upload a picture of yourself giving blood or platelets now through January 6 at rcblood.org/holidaypostcard

2. Write a special message: Invite a loved one to follow in your footsteps and donate blood, or let smae_verticalomeone know you’ve donated blood or platelets in his or her honor.

3. We will deliver your personalized postcard to your friend or family member in the mail, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.

It’s a wonderful way to give something that means something.

Give it a try!

Appointments to donate can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

#GivingTuesday

giving tuesdayThe American Red Cross launched its holiday campaign on November 27th, and urge people to give hope to those in need by giving something meaningful during the upcoming holiday season on Giving Tuesday or anytime this holiday season.

“Make this holiday season truly meaningful by supporting the Red Cross Holiday Campaign and helping a victim of disaster or someone needing blood, or by remembering a member of the Armed Forces who is far from home,” said Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the American Red Cross.

People can do something that means something and provide help through the Red Cross in five different ways:

286312Shoppers can go through the online Red Cross gift catalog and purchase a variety of symbolic gifts in the name of the people on their gift list. Their purchase can support the Red Cross mission in many different ways, such as helping a disaster victim, providing comfort kits for injured members of the Armed Forces or helping supply measles vaccinations around the world.

The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. Those who participate will receive free gifts such as a Red Cross Water Bottle for a donation of $100 or more or a Family First Aid Kit for a donation of $200 or more.

DISASTER SERVICES Disasters affected thousands of people this year. Whether a home fire or a major disaster, many lost everything they owned. Every nine minutes the Red Cross responds to a disaster in this country and a financial donation can help the nearly 70,000 people who turn to the Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters big and small.

BLOOD SERVICES As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of hospital patients. During the holiday season, it is very difficult to collect enough blood for those who need it. People get busy with their holiday preparations and celebrations and giving blood is not a priority. A blood donation to the Red Cross can help save up to three lives.

SERVICE TO ARMED FORCES Many members of the military will be separated from their loved ones during the holidays this year. By remembering them through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, people can lift their spirits with a thank-you card.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER One of the greatest gifts someone can give is the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. There are many ways someone can volunteer with the Red Cross in their local community. Visit the “Ways to Volunteer” information on the Red Cross web site to learn how.

About our Holiday Partners:

During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include: Circle K and its customers in the West and Florida divisions, Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, Mazda and its Dealers nationwide and University of Phoenix.  Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit www.redcross.org/holiday.

Give the gift of life this Thanksgiving with blood donation

Red Cross to thank donors with pies at select Thanksgiving blood drives

As Thanksgiving approaches, many people reflect on their blessings and look for ways to give back to the community or someone less fortunate. Giving an hour of your time and donating blood could offer a hospital patient the most valuable gift of all – the gift of life. The American Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors to donate blood. It’s the gift that doesn’t cost a thing and can offer another holiday season to someone in need.

Thanksgiving2The Red Cross will thank presenting donors Nov. 25-29 with a complimentary pie at select blood drives in Iowa and Wisconsin. As an added incentive during the week of Thanksgiving, all presenting donors will receive a red, commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

“While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge, when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Northeast Wisconsin:

  • Nov. 25-27 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Green Bay Blood Donation Center, 2131 Deckner Ave. in Green Bay.
  • Nov. 27 from 12:30-5 p.m. at Saint Francis Xaviers Parish at 220 S. Michigan St. in De Pere.
  • Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way in Green Bay.

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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 consent 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.

Bleed green and gold at Packers Blood Drive on Nov. 8

SAMSUNGFootball fans are known for their unwavering dedication to their favorite team – especially fans in Wisconsin. Now, the American Red Cross is asking Packers fans to dedicate themselves to helping patients in need by donating blood Nov. 8 at the Green Bay Packers Blood Drive at Lambeau Field.

All presenting donors will receive a giveaway item and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Green Bay Packers Blood Drive

Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lambeau Field – Legends Club Room, 1265 Lombardi Ave. in Green Bay, Wis.

To make a donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Free childcare and parking will be available.

“The Red Cross thanks the Green Bay Packers and all their loyal fans for supporting those in need by donating lifesaving blood over the years,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We ask that community members continue to show strong support by giving blood and helping ensure cancer patients, trauma victims and surgery patients have the blood products they need.”

The need for blood is constant. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients in Wisconsin and across the country.

Those attending the blood drive will also have an opportunity to send a holiday message to a service member. Preprinted cards will be available to sign as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Holiday Mail for Heroes enables Americans to pass along holiday greetings to active-duty service members, their families and veterans and at hospitals and installations around the world. To learn more about the program, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

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 consent 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.

Thank You to Walmart for Their Support of Disaster Relief

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When Northeast Wisconsin was impacted by SIX tornadoes and straight line winds in August, friends, neighbors and local organizations jumped in to help those in need.  The Walmart store (#1982) in Appleton on Mutual Way is still helping.

Michael Queen, Shift Manager, presented Betsy Wandtke, Major Gifts Officer, with a check for $1,000 for Disaster Relief.  The presentation was made during the store’s grand opening after the major remodeling project.  The event was attended by other store managers, employees and organizations also getting support for their causes.  It was an energetic and uplifting meeting.

We want to thank Walmart for their support of the community not only during the disaster, but after as well.  We couldn’t do what we do without their help!

Get out your Change for the Bucket Brigade Coming to a Location Near You!!

Jim & Nancy

Bucket Brigade on August 29th to Support Local Red Cross Disaster Relief

American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers and local firefighters and emergency workers are teaming up to support the American Red Cross. The Bucket Brigade raises vital funds to support Red Cross disaster relief and preparedness activities in Northeast Wisconsin.

On Thursday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., local firefighters and Red Cross disaster volunteers will be collecting donations in their red buckets at various high-traffic, high-visibility locations such as grocery stores and gas stations.

 “As the recent apartment fires and tornadoes have shown, the Red Cross is ready to respond when a disaster strikes,” says Steve Hansen, local Chapter Executive.  “The Bucket Brigade provides a vital source of funding to sustain our relief operations, bringing compassion and hope to those in need. The annual event also enables us to celebrate our very important partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Fire Departments while providing fire prevention information to the community.”

There are 17 participating locations this year:

AbramsAbrams Shell at County D and Sampson Road

AppletonFestival Foods at 1200 W. Northland Avenue

AshwaubenonKwik Trip at 871 Hansen Road

BellevueFestival Foods at 2534 Steffens Court

DarboyFestival Foods at W3195 Van Roy Road

De PereFestival Foods at 1001 Main Avenue

Fond du Lac - Festival Foods at 1125 E. Johnson Street

Green Bay West  - Festival Foods at 2250 West Mason Street

Green Bay East- Copps Food Center at 1819 Main Street

HowardOlsen’s Piggly Wiggly at 2465 Lineville Road

KewauneePiggly Wiggly at 931 Marquette Dr.

ManitowocFestival Foods at 2151 S. 42nd Street

NeenahFestival Foods at 647 S. Green Bay Road

OshkoshFestival Foods at 2415 Westowne Avenue

PulaskiSuper Ron’s at 960 County Road B (NOTE: collection taking place Friday, September 6th)

PulaskiSmuwara’s Bakery at 204 East Pulaski St. (NOTE: collection taking place Saturday morning, September 7th and Sunday morning, September 8th)

SheboyganFestival Foods at 595 S. Taylor Drive

SuamicoFestival Foods at 2348 Lineville Road

How the Red Cross is helping!

A house in the Freedom area destroyed by the tornadoes.

A house in the Freedom area destroyed by the tornadoes.

The early morning of August 7, 2013 Northeast Wisconsin was hit with five tornadoes, confirmed by the National Weather Service causing power outages, damage to homes and businesses, and leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

Red Cross workers where immediately called to action to respond to those impacted by the tornadoes and storms. Our support, to those impacted, continues as some are just starting to get their power restored.

As of Aug 8, our total response includes:

  • Serving 4,920 meals and snacks to those impacted.
  • Distribution of 7,500 pounds of ice.
  • Three shelters open (Wrightstown, Appleton and New London) for people to receive water, food, ice, a place to stay, and a place to charge electronics.
  •  Two mobile feeding trucks going out into the impacted communities delivering water, ice, snacks, sandwiches, and gloves.
  • 72 Red Cross workers responding to those in need.
Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

Volunteer, Chris Worm, from Fond du Lac, giving out water and sandwiches to those in need.

Red Cross will be sending two mobile feeding trucks this afternoon, and over the weekend to the communities of Wrightstown, Freedom, Appleton, Hortonville and New London. These trucks will have water, ice, snacks, sandwiches and gloves to distribute to those in need.

Our shelter in Wrightstown closed as of 9:30am, Thursday, August 8 and our New London shelter closed at 1:00pm today. The Appleton shelter, located at Appleton West HS, 1610 Badger Ave, will be closed at 7:00pm tonight.

Individuals can pick up ice and supplies at the Appleton shelter until 7:00pm today or at our Appleton Office, located at 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave until 4:00pm today.

If you need help due to storm/tornado damage throughout Northeast Wisconsin, please call 1-800-236-8680 for assistance. Disaster teams are ready to help you with your immediate emergency needs.

Want to see pictures of our volunteers in action?  Check out our flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/newredcross/

If you would like to make a financial gift please go to: http://www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767)

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