Red Cross delivers time, services to community in February

What was the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina doing in February? Take a look at how we helped our neighbors in need last month:

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Red Cross invites you to City of Raleigh Museum on March 3 for Opening of Red Cross Exhibit

Red Cross centennial events kick off this Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m. with the Grand Opening of the City of Raleigh Museum‘s Red Cross Exhibit: The Emblem of Human Mercy – The Birth of Raleigh’s Red Cross.

Here’s a sneak peek video!

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Red Cross volunteers log 13,000+ hours serving community in January

Every day in our own backyard, residents in Eastern North Carolina rely on the Red Cross.

In January alone, more than 170 families experienced a disaster, mostly home fires. About 300 emergency communications were delivered for military families and veterans. And more than 2,500 people were trained to respond in emergency health situations.

Here’s a snapshot of our January 2017 services in Eastern North Carolina:

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Thank you to everyone who donated their time, talent and money to the Red Cross last month. To learn more about our work or to find out how you can help, visit www.redcross.org/enc

We’re Celebrating 100 Years of Service!

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We’re celebrating 100 years of Red Cross service in Eastern North Carolina and we’d like to invite you to join us in the festivities! 2017 will be filled with Red Cross events, including a kid-friendly block party, art contest for students, spectacular gala, history exhibits, art gallery, and more! The celebration will culminate in a Centennial Celebration at the NC Museum of History in June. We hope you’ll join us!

March 3: First Friday, City of Raleigh Museum Red Cross exhibit, 6 p.m.
March 10: Centennial Blood Drive, Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
March 19: Tobacco Road Marathon & Half-Marathon, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cary
March 25: Red Cross Block Party, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Triangle Chapter
April 8: Red Cross Ball, 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m., North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh
NC State Capitol Wreath Commemoration of Great War
World War I Commemoration Day at the NC Museum of History, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 5-21: Raleigh Little Theatre Showing of ‘A Piece of My Heart’

June 24: Centennial Celebration at the NC Museum of History, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The grand affair will feature war-time reenactors, military music performers, a gallery opening featuring artwork by wounded Marines, keynote address from special guests, and the presenting of the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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Classic rock cover band to host benefit for Hurricane Matthew victims

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By Brent Kappler

Making Unbelievable Sounds Involving Charities.  That’s what the band, Wildflower and The Weeds enjoys doing. Wildflower and The Weeds is a classic rock cover band, covering music from the Beatles to Pink,  Jackson Brown and the Foo Fighters.  The band was formed five years ago comprising of seven people, all of whom are friends, that absolutely love to play music and love to give back.

The band members are: Meg Dietrich-lead vocalist, Gary Black-Lead Guitarist and backup vocals, Bob Irving-Lead Guitarist and vocals, Chuck Haas-Rhythm guitar, Mark Madar-Bass guitar, Gregg Cockroft-piano and keyboards and Brent Kappler-Drummer and backup vocals. Although none of us make our living in the music industry, we’ve all been musicians since a very young age and we love to play.

Our charitable giving started three years ago, when we were asked if we would volunteer our band to play at the North Carolina Military Expo at the NC State Fair grounds.  We accepted the invitation and had a blast performing.  Last year we performed for a large neighborhood block party and raised money for a local charity organization.  We dubbed it ‘M.U.S.I.C’ (Making Unbelievable Sounds Involving Charity).  We ended up raising several hundred dollars for the U.S. Veterans Corps, a non-profit organization located right here in our own community, where much of that money was put toward purchasing food and supplies for needy families throughout the state.

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This year we are continuing with the M.U.S.I.C theme and are playing to benefit the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the Red Cross, to raise money for families who have been and are still being affected by the damage sustained in Hurricane Matthew.  The need for assistance is still very real to many families in the southeastern portion of our state that were hit by Hurricane Matthew.  Many families are still without a home and are being housed in small hotel rooms until their homes can either be renovated back to a habitable state, or are needing their home rebuilt altogether.  We consider ourselves very blessed in the central part of the state, but we want to help those who are still in need of assistance.  Even though Hurricane Matthew hit us last October, we want these families to know we haven’t forgotten them.

…We want these families to know we haven’t forgotten them,” — Brent Kappler

We are extremely passionate about this cause and we are asking you to please join us on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a night of music, fun and dancing.  This event will be fun for the whole family.  Raffle prizes will be given away AND contest prizes, as well.  The event is being held at Christ The King Lutheran Church at 600 Walnut St. in Cary, NC, located directly across the street from the Dairy Queen and adjacent to Cary High School.

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Although this event is being held at Christ The King Lutheran Church, it’s not an official church event.  It’s a community event open to the public.  Please attend and help us do more good in our community!

Eastern NC native reflects on home fire

Kelcey Ashworth was having dinner at her father’s home in Pinehurst when she got a call kelceythat her mother’s house was on fire.

Kelcey, a sophomore in high school at the time, recalls arriving on the scene of the fire in 2002. There were a multitude of first responders, she said, among them, the American Red Cross.

“[The Red Cross] was there. They stayed with us,” she said. “The offered us a place to stay and provided a [financial] voucher to get essentials…they were a huge savior to us.”

The fire, which started from a faulty electrical wire, consumed the garage, living room, and kitchen, Kelcey said. Her family ultimately had to tear down the home and sell the property.

“A lot of people think it won’t happen to them,” Kelcey said. “But it’s more common than people think.”

In Eastern North Carolina, the Red Cross responds to about five home fires every day. Keep your family safe this winter by following two steps: 1. Practice a 2-minute home escape drill and make sure your family can safely exit a home in under 2 minutes. 2. Test your smoke alarms monthly.

For more information about home fire safety, visit www.redcross.org/homefires.

Red Cross stays busy as it wraps up 2016

December 2016 proved to be a busy month for the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina! And we couldn’t do our work alone.

Thank you to everyone who donated their time, talent and money to the Red Cross last month. To learn more about our work or to find out how you can help, visit www.redcross.org/enc

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