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.