By Angela Rabe, American Red Cross Intern
Sue and Tom Schroeder of Neenah were announced as the national Christmas tree contest winners back in August. Their tree, a 19 foot Balsam Fir, planted 18 years ago at their tree farm, Schroeder’s Forevergreens, has been selected to be the presidential Christmas tree in the white house as a result of winning the contest. The Schroeders will present the tree to First Lady, Michelle Obama, and is to be placed in the Blue Room.
In addition to her hard work on the tree farm, Sue Schroeder happens to be a dedicated volunteer of the American Red Cross, with her last visit to Washington D.C. following hurricane Katrina. She spent 17 days at the national headquarters as a volunteer where she primarily worked answering questions for local chapters across the country and helped clients that had evacuated. She also worked with a group of volunteers and paid workers that were doing data entry of thousands of client casework forms.
Client casework is what Sue has become most familiar with as a volunteer, but her volunteer experience does not stop there. She has volunteered at the local, state and national level for the Red Cross. Sue has been a disaster volunteer since 1998 and has taken all sorts of training classes to enhance her skills and prepare her to be the outstanding volunteer that she is. She was also chairman of the Chocolate Fantasia Fundraiser and a member of the former Neenah-Menasha chapter Board of Directors for several years, rounding out her long list of service.
The Red Cross is honored to have such a devoted volunteer and excited to have a local tree farmer given the opportunity to provide the presidential Christmas tree for the white house. The Red Cross could not accomplish the great things it does without all of its wonderful volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the Red Cross mission. Happy holidays!