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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

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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

Young volunteer does what needs to be done

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Youth and a willing spirit makes Matt Roche the perfect volunteer whenever a tough job needs to be done at the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter.
“I help wherever I’m needed,” Roche, a 25-year-old Jefferson City resident, said recently. “I helped move furniture from the Jefferson City office to the new office space in Columbia.”
Roche started volunteering for the chapter in 2011. He was looking for something to do that was out of the ordinary when he decided to see what the Red Cross had to offer.
“I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to meet friends and help other people,” he said.
Once he decided to join the Red Cross, Roche said scheduling conflicts caused him some delays in completing classes required of new volunteers.
But he made use of the time he had to complete the training.
“I got them done whenever I had the chance,” he said.
Roche doesn’t mind doing manual labor around the chapter and has been involved in a number of moving projects.
He’s also represented the chapter at information booths at events in the Jefferson City area.
Roche, one of the youngest volunteers in the chapter, currently is in the process of going through training to drive a Red Cross emergency response vehicle (ERV).
The course involves more than operating and maintaining the vehicle. ERV drivers often deliver snacks and food during a disaster so they must learn safe food preparation, transportation and handling.
Roche spends a few hours a month volunteering for the chapter and tries to keep his schedule clear on the third Thursday of the month so he can attend monthly volunteer meetings in Jefferson City.
“You learn new information at those meetings,” Roche said.
But he has one main reason to volunteer.
“It’s a great way to help others,” Roche said. “It’s another way to meet people and make new friends, but the benefit is helping others.”

Chapter responds to flash flood

Columbia family driven from home
COLUMBIA — American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Columbia family whose home was flooded Monday night.
Flash flooding forced the family, a woman, her sister and two children, to leave their home on W. Bellview Drive.
The Red Cross provided financial assistance for the family to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of a temporary motel stay and food. Family members also received Red Cross comfort kits and referrals to partner agencies.
Red Cross volunteers will follow up with the family to monitor their recovery process.

Audrain-Montgomery Leadership Council stops traffic for Red Cross

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Two events raise more than $1,800

MEXICO — Motorists in Montgomery City and Mexico stopped for more than signs and lights during the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter Audrain-Montgomery Leadership Council’s Street Collections.
Leadership Council members and volunteers stood in intersections in the communities during two days in late August to stop traffic and collect donations for the chapter.
“These events not only show the dedication our Leadership Council and volunteers have to the Red Cross, but they are a testament to the fact that the Red Cross is thriving in the area,” said chapter Executive Director Dave Griffith.
The Montgomery City Street Collection took place August 23 at the four-way stop light and raised $756.
Red Cross personnel took to the intersection of Clark and Monroe streets in Mexico on Friday. The unofficial total from the Mexico collection is $1,047.45.
Unofficially, the two events raised $1,803.45 for the Red Cross.
“What a great effort by our volunteers in Audrain and Montgomery counties,” Griffith said. “This just goes to show that no donation is too small. We appreciate every donation. Every dollar makes a difference.”

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