During July a group of local “Heroes” raised $20,673 to help the American Red Cross continue its services, including lending aid during times of disaster, supporting military families and training citizens in lifesaving CPR and first aid skills, in Gordon and Bartow counties.
“This campaign is extremely important to our chapter. It helps provide funding to continue our providing our services, such as disaster preparedness and response, preparedness health and safety training and service to armed forces,” said Jeffrey Putnam, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia. “As individual giving decreases during non-disaster times, this is a grassroots way to reach out to our neighbors and friends to provide support for the local Red Cross.”
Honored at a breakfast meeting on Aug. 19 in Calhoun, this year’s Red Cross “Heroes” in Bartow County were Craig Millsap of Bartow County Fire Department; Erick Housch of United Community Bank in Adairsville; Janet Queen of Georgia Power at Plant Bowen; and Stephanie Williams of Microtel Inns & Suites.
“This year was the first time we have done one in Bartow since 2009. It was successful, but we would like to grow it and look forward to next year’s event,” Putnam said. “The success of this year’s campaign is a testament to the hard work of our heroes and the generosity of our community. ... Everyone involved can truly take pride in knowing they have made a difference in the lives of their neighbors.”
Millsap told The Daily Tribune News earlier this year he joined the campaign to assist the residents his agency encounters through serving the community.
“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,” he said in June. “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.”
Typically done in the spring or early summer, Putnam said the agency is hoping to begin recruiting early.
“Next year we will be doing it in March during National Red Cross Month,” he said. “Anybody can be part of this fundraiser. Actually, this year we plan on starting the recruiting process in January. If anyone is interested, please reach out to me or one of our Bartow County board members — Chief Craig Millsap with the county fire department; Kaytlin Greenley with Coosa Valley Credit Union; or Deanna Berry with Berry-McWhorter Strategies.
“We would like to thank all of our supporters from the community. If anyone would like to find out more about the Red Cross or how to become involved with the Red Cross, visit our website at www.nwgaredcross.org.”
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.