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Red Cross Hero Award nominations now being accepted

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Heroes Dinner scheduled for April 21, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY — Nominations for the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter’s 2015 Heroes Dinner, formerly called the Lifesaver Awards Dinner, are now being accepted.
“There has been a name change, but the principle behind the awards is the same,” said Heroes Award Co-Chair Dee Dee Shelton. “The Red Cross presents the awards to recognize remarkable people from our chapter who acted courageously out of the pure compassion of their heart.”
Each year, the American Red Cross honors individuals who respond heroically to help someone in critical need. These individuals are nominated in advance by others in their communities.
Award recipients, along with the chapter’s Volunteer of the Year, will be honored at the Heroes Dinner on April 21, 2015, at The Capital West Event Center in Jefferson City.
Nomination forms are on the chapter website, http://www.redcross.org/hom, under the Local Programs tab.
Completed forms can be sent electronically. They also can be printed and mailed or dropped off at chapter offices in Jefferson City or Columbia.
The Jefferson City address is:
American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter
431 E. McCarty St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
The Columbia address is:
American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter
1511 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65203
Nomination criteria are included on the form. The nominations are due Feb. 1, 2015.
Award categories include: Healthcare Professional; Law Enforcement; Military; Blood Services; Good Samaritan Adult; Good Samaritan Youth; Firefighter; Emergency Medical Assistance; and Community Impact.
For questions related to the Heroes Dinner, contact Kelsey Vaughan at 314-516-2789.
Information on corporate sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Nancy Sell at 573-449-2656, ext. 4433.

Red Cross responds to fire near Jamestown

Family’s home destroyed
JAMESTOWN — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Jamestown family whose home burned early Wednesday morning.
The family was out of town when they received information that a fire destroyed their home, which was located on Highway 179.
A family member contacted the Red Cross and set up a meeting for Thursday morning.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food.
Family members received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items and a small stuffed Mickey Mouse toy for the child. They also received referrals to partner agencies in Moniteau County.
Volunteers will follow up to monitor the family’s recovery process.

Red Cross assisting Columbia residents

Two families receiving Red Cross help after fires
COLUMBIA — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting two Columbia families whose homes burned recently.
Volunteers are helping a five-member member family, three adults and two children, ages 4 and 6, whose home on Demaret Drive burned Sunday.
A family representative met with a volunteer Monday morning in the Columbia office. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and temporary lodging.
Family members also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items and small stuffed animals for the children.
Volunteers also are assisting a family of three adults whose home on North Autumn Drive burned Sept. 4. A family member contacted the Red Cross Monday.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to purchase clothing. They secured their own temporary housing.
Volunteers will monitor the recovery of both families.

Red Cross Callaway Leadership Council adds two

Kristy Chitwood

Andrea Whelan
Kristy Chitwood, top, Andrea Whelan are newest members

FULTON — Kristy Chitwood and Andrea Whelan recently joined the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter’s Callaway Leadership Council.
Chitwood is executive assistant to the vice president and dean for enrollment management at Westminster College. She and her husband, Andy, live in Fulton
Whelan is a human resources specialist with William Woods University. She lives in the Auxvasse area with her husband, Russ, and stepdaughter, Maddie.
The Leadership Council also includes: Chair Al Reyes; Vice Chair Claudia Starr; Secretary Shirley Kunkle; David Burgoon; and Paula Peeper.
“This is a restructured council, thus the American Red Cross has a new face to this community,” said Reyes. “We are dedicated to do all we can for Fulton, Callaway County, as well as the Red Cross.”
John Blattner and Mike Westerfield are honorary council members. Shannon Pruitt, a senior at Westminster College, is interning for the council.

Kids and volunteers have good time at Kick Off for Kids

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“Can you tell me what’s in the box?” How many Lifesavers are in the jar?” What does this smell like?”
The questions didn’t come from the youngsters at the United Way of Central Missouri’s Kick Off for Kids Tuesday night at Jefferson City’s Memorial Park. They came from volunteers staffing the chapter’s station at the event.
Chapter volunteer Carl Nappier created three games for the kids to play. One involved feeling around in a box to identify items. The other was guessing how many Lifesavers were in a jar and the third was identifying spices in different jars.
The Board Fellows, Jenna Massie, Lucas Dyer and Olivia Wolken, helped out during the two-hour event.
A steady stream of youngsters and even adults stopped by the chapter’s station, which included the emergency response vehicle, to try their hand, and their noses, at the activities.

Volunteers meet with MU students

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Chapter took part in Safe Mizzou Personal Safety Day
COLUMBIA – Volunteers could not have asked for a better day and location for the chapter’s participation in the Safe Mizzou Personal Safety Day on the Missouri University campus.
The sun was out, temperatures were in the 70s and they had their emergency response vehicle (ERV) and “information cot” set up along a well-traveled walkway right next to the Student Center.
Volunteers from the Audrain-Montgomery area and Jefferson City had no trouble getting students to stop at their station and talk about what the Red Cross does.
There was a constant flow of students along the Red Cross path and the volunteers gladly talked with every student interested. They even gave students the opportunity to tour the ERV.
A number of students signed up for more information and possible volunteer work.

Red Cross responds to fire in Armstrong

Family’s home damaged
ARMSTRONG — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting an Armstrong family after fire damaged their home Monday.
The Red Cross received information about the fire, on South Fayette Street, Tuesday evening.
Volunteers met with the clients, who came to Jefferson City, Tuesday evening.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the clients to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and a temporary motel stay. Clients, two adults and a child, also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items.
Volunteers will monitor the family’s recovery process.

Red Cross responds to fire near Russellville

Family’s home destroyed
RUSSELLVILLE — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Russellville family whose home burned Thursday.
The Red Cross received a call at 5:10 p.m. Thursday with information about the fire, which was in progress on Route V near Russellville.
Red Cross volunteers dispatched to the scene and met with the family, a couple and their two grandsons, 12 and 9.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing. They also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items, stuffed animals for the children and referrals to local partner agencies.
A disaster mental health volunteer also dispatched to the scene to assist.
Family members are staying with relatives.

StorageMart customer remarks bring donations chapter

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Company has partnered with chapter on other projects

Customers who speak their mind to TKG StorageMart Partners provide the incentive for a company program that makes a donation to the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter.
“We have a program for our customers to give us feedback on their service,” said Sarah Little, StorageMart marketing director. “Every time we get their feedback we make a donation to the Red Cross.”
Funds from the StorageMart customer feedback program are part of a $16,626.24 donation the company made Tuesday to the chapter.
“We are extremely grateful for the partnership we have with StorageMart,” said Nancy Sell, the chapter’s major gift officer. “They have been wonderful to work with and we look forward to continuing our relationship.”
The donation also included funds from StorageMart’s support of the chapter’s 2014 Lifesaver event and a partnership for participating in a Central Missouri Honor Flight Welcome Home ceremony.
“We had a relationship with Nancy doing some of the other awards and things, so we decided to expand our partnership,” Little said. “We came up with the customer feedback program. It was the right time when we wanted to gather more feedback on line so we merged the two.”

Busy season continues for volunteers

Red Cross Quilt
A busy summer season for American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers continued into August. Volunteers responded to fires in eight American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter counties during the month.
Boone County had the most incidents with volunteers receiving calls to respond to one single-family fire and two multi-family fires. Volunteers assisted five new family units with 16 individual clients. They also followed up on one case.
Callaway County had three single-family fire responses. Three family units consisting of nine clients received chapter assistance.
Volunteers in Phelps County responded to two single-family fires. They assisted two family units that consisted of eight clients.
Total chapter responses during the month included two multi-family fires and 11 single-family fires. Volunteers followed up on one case, opened 15 new cases and assisted 47 new clients.
August responses included:
Boone County: one single-family fire; two multi-family fires; assisted five new family units with 16 individual clients; followed up with one case.
Callaway County: three single-family fires; assisted three family units; with nine clients
Camden County: one single-family fire; assisted one family unit; and three clients
Crawford County: one single-family fire; assisted one family unit; and six clients
Dent County: one single-family fire; assisted one family unit; and three clients
Morgan County: one single-family fire; assisted one family unit; and one client
Phelps County: two single-family fires; assisted two family units; and eight clients
Randolph County: one single-family fire; assisted one family unit; and one client

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