Dennis Jilot grew up in Green Bay when the ground that the Red Cross office and Transportation Center occupies, was just a huge vegetable garden. As a young man, Dennis went to Preble high school. It was very close to where he and his parents lived. Dennis went to college in Stevens Point, WI – as did his bride Lynne. They were very successful at what they did and their success led them to Reno. Dennis’s parents remained in Green Bay.
As Dennis’s parents got older, his father had some problems with strength and balance. Dennis was concerned about this. His mother was not strong enough to get his father back on his feet and his father wasn’t strong enough to crawl to a chair and pull himself up. Dennis asked his Mom how they got his Dad up after so many falls. His Mom stated simply: “We just call the Red Cross and someone always comes to help us”.
They also used the Transportation Center to go to Doctor’s visits and to go to the mall to shop. It allowed Mr. & Mrs. Jilot to be in control of their life and their situation.
Last year, Dennis was so touched by the selflessness of the Red Cross volunteers and staff that he walked into the office and wrote out a donation check for the Transportation Center. I met with Dennis to thank him and he again showed his generosity and gave the Transportation Center a donation of $2,500.
These gifts were given because of the passionate volunteers/staff and their willingness to help someone when they needed it…no questions asked. Dennis wanted to thank all of those people for helping his parents when he was so far away and couldn’t be there to help his Dad up.
I want to tell you all how proud I am of all of you!
Major Gifts Officer