Red Cross HEROES campaign to benefit NW Ga.
by Mark Andrews
Jun 02, 2013 | 673 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the wake of numerous local and natural disasters in 2013, the American Red Cross has responded to the needs of many residents. In northwest Georgia, more than 700 victims of local disasters, such as house fires, floods, storms, tornadoes and hazardous waste spills were given shelter, food, comfort, care and mental health counseling.

In an effort to continue its services, the Northwest Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross is asking for private citizens and leaders of Bartow County government and industry to participate in the HEROES fundraising campaign, which will route all money raised specifically to Northwest Georgia.

“For my firefighters to be able to call on our local Red Cross to respond when our citizens are displaced from a fire is a great resource,” Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap said. “To know that these friends, neighbors or relatives who have experienced such a life-changing event will have their immediate needs met allows my responders to concentrate on the job at hand with the knowledge that these victims will be taken care of.

“Knowing that the funds raised during this campaign provides that service to our citizens is why I choose to be a HERO for the American Red Cross.”

Disaster volunteer Janet Queen said she challenges individuals or organizations to raise a minimum of $1,000, the requirement to become a HERO for the American Red Cross.

“No matter what the occasion is in Bartow County, it is always the ordinary people that do the extraordinary things that make a difference,” Queen said. “We see this each time we come together as a community that nothing is impossible when neighbors help neighbors.”

She added, “It is your neighbor who volunteers with the American Red Cross, it is the faithful neighbor who collects each pint of life-saving blood, it is your neighbor who responds to assist you when you have lost your home and all your possessions in a house fire and you do not know where you will sleep that night. It is your neighbor who sets up a shelter when a tornado ravages your city.

“The list goes on, but the end of the day, it is still ordinary people that do the extraordinary things that make a difference.”

For more information, contact Chapter Executive Jeffrey Putnam at 706-291-6648 or email jeffrey.putnam@redcross.org. The campaign began Saturday and will last through June 27.