Give Something That Means Something This Holiday Season

 

Cape Fear Red Cross launches Holiday Campaign with matching gift incentive

Wilmington, NC November 19, 2012 This holiday season, the American Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something. By making a financial donation to the Cape Fear Chapter through the 2012 Holiday Giving Campaign, you can give hope to local families in need and double the impact of your contribution through a matching gift incentive.

Thanks to the generosity of a local family foundation, the first $20,000 in financial contributions to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross this holiday season will be matched. For every dollar donated, the chapter will receive another dollar in support of the vital programs and services it provides to area residents. Your donation can help save the day when fire destroys a neighbor’s house, when a patient needs blood, or when a deployed member of the military has a family emergency back home.

“We ask people to be generous in their support of our local Red Cross chapter this holiday season, and help us to provide assistance and relief to neighbors in need,” said Vicki LaBelle, chief executive officer. “We are grateful for the ability to offer supporters an opportunity to double the impact of their holiday donation through this wonderful matching gift incentive.”

Your tax-deductible contribution can be made by:

  • Mail: American Red Cross, Cape Fear Chapter 1102 South 16th St., Wilmington NC 28401
    Office Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 910.343.5833
  • Online: www.redcross.org/charitable-donations (Local Red Cross Chapter)

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  Over the past year, your local Red Cross chapter has delivered the following vital programs and services:

  • 396 Cape Fear residents (125 families including 133 children) received assistance and relief in the aftermath of 113 local disasters (primarily home fires);
  • 18,249 units of blood were collected through 543 local blood drives and distributed to area hospitals to meet the needs of local patients;
  • 601 military members and their families received emergency communications support:
  • 3,681 active duty and veteran service members and their families were reached through our Services to Armed Forces programs;
  • 3,161 community members were trained in first aid, CPR, babysitter’s training, water safety and other lifesaving skills through certification courses taught by 280 Red Cross instructors;
  • 17,680 area residents accessed Red Cross training resources and preparedness information online;
  • 35,323 local citizens were briefed in disaster preparedness through 82 community events;
  • 1,325 client referrals were made to other community agencies and resources;
  • 3 local families were assisted with family reconnection through our international services programs;

All of this was made possible through the dedicated service of 550 volunteers, 4 full-time paid staff members, 3 part-time paid staff members, 11 seasonal support staff (including per-diem instructors, college work-study students and interns) and the generous support of 1,714 financial donors. 91 cents of every dollar donated directly supports Red Cross programs and services, and more than 97 percent of the Red Cross workforce are volunteers.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

The Cape Fear Chapter, a chartered unit of the American Red Cross, provides vital programs and services to the residents of Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina.  The Cape Fear Chapter was founded in 1908 and is the oldest Red Cross unit in the State of North Carolina.

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Red Cross Teen Volunteer Receives National Recognition

GREENVILLE, NC – When Taylor Waters began volunteering for the American Red Cross in 2010, she never dreamed she would be receiving national recognition for her efforts. But in November 2012, the 19-year-old resident of Sanford, NC was awarded Nickelodeon’s Helping and Leading Others (HALO) Award for her ongoing efforts with the American Red Cross.

Waters was compelled to volunteer for the Red Cross when her grandmother’s house burned down. She watched as the disaster service volunteers tended to her grandmother’s needs. She said, “I saw the assistance they gave her and I wanted to be that for somebody else.”

Through her volunteer work, Waters soon found herself on the National Youth Council for the Red Cross. This council consists of 13 members across the United States. “We work to further the youth initiatives and have a voice for the youth,” Waters said. As a council, they engage in two phone calls per week and quarterly meetings throughout the year. Waters serves as the Committee Chair for Field Relations.

Associate Producers for Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards were in search of a teen performing disaster-oriented services, so they contacted the Red Cross. Among those whose information was given to producers, Waters stood out because of her work with the National Youth Council.

Waters has been paired, through HALO, with actor Josh Duhamel as he is an active supporter of the disaster services of the Red Cross.

Aside from her volunteer and council member efforts, Waters is also creating a Red Cross club at East Carolina University where she is currently a sophomore. She began the club because she hopes to see college students more involved with the American Red Cross on campus. The club is still in its interest-meeting stages, but Waters is already planning. She intends to have a fundraising event on campus to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Overall, Water said, “Volunteering has affected me immensely. You don’t realize it until after. It’s amazing to see how much you can grow when you’re helping others.” She says she is thankful for the opportunities given to her by the Red Cross and Nickelodeon. Very humbled, Waters said, “This has been a really great opportunity for not only me, but the Red Cross as well.”

Red Cross Announces 2013 Gala, Chaired by UNCW Chancellor & Mrs. Gary L. Miller

WILMINGTON NC, November 15, 2012 – The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce that the 32nd Annual Red Cross Gala & Auction, chaired by Chancellor and Mrs. Gary L. Miller, is scheduled for the evening of March 16, 2013, at the Burney Center on the UNCW campus.

“We are grateful to the Millers for accepting our invitation to chair the Annual Red Cross Gala & Auction,” said Vicki LaBelle, chief executive officer, on behalf of the local Red Cross chapter. “They have a personal connection to the American Red Cross and are passionate about community involvement.  We look forward to working with them.”

“A love of place is one of UNCW’s deepest values, and partnerships with agencies like the Red Cross connects our campus to our community in very meaningful ways,” Chancellor Miller said. “Georgia and I are honored to help the Cape Fear Chapter fulfill its mission to save and improve lives across our region.”

Georgia N. Miller, a former chief executive officer of a Red Cross chapter, added: “I have first-hand experience with the dedication and service that American Red Cross volunteers, donors and staff contribute to a community. Gary and I welcome the opportunity to support their efforts by chairing the 2013 gala.”

The Annual Red Cross Gala & Auction is one of the longest running charity galas in the area and is the largest single fundraising event for the local Red Cross chapter.  The black-tie affair features live and silent auctions, a gourmet dinner, live music and dancing, and much more. Individual tickets are $150 per person and will be available for purchase after January 1, 2013, at www.redcross.org/capefear.  For information on corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Vicki LaBelle at vicki.labelle@redcross.org or call (910) 343-5833.

Gala proceeds will support the vital programs and services provided by the American Red Cross in Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties.

About About the American Red Cross:

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, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

Local Girl Sells Cookies to Raise Money for Sandy Victims

WILMINGTON, NC, November 8, 2012 – One local girl found a clever way to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Eight-year-old Rileigh Pedersen sold cookies in her neighborhood over the weekend to raise money in support of disaster relief.

According to her mom, Kerry Pedersen, Rileigh was inspired to help after watching the telethon that aired last Friday evening on NBC, raising funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in response

Eight year old Rileigh Pedersen (left) hands a check to Victoria Kling, Regional Response Manager for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross.

to Hurricane Sandy. The Pedersens also have family in Long Island who were impacted by the storm, which was further motivation to do what they could to help.

Rileigh and her younger brother Connor set up a home baked cookie stand in their Wilmington neighborhood with a handcrafted sign asking neighbors to donate whatever they could to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts in exchange for cookies.  The response they received was very positive. Overall, Rileigh raised $208.00 to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“I just wanted to help,” said Rileigh, a student at Walter L. Parsley Elementary in Wilmington, NC.

“We are proud of Rileigh,” said Kerry Pedersen of her daughter’s inspiring venture. “We believe in teaching our children the value of giving and we always choose causes that help or save others.”

Rileigh is no stranger to fundraising, or to the American Red Cross.  This amazing young lady launched a similar fundraiser in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 when she was only in kindergarten, donating $130.00 in support of international relief efforts. Rileigh and her family also support other charitable organizations through fundraising activities on a regular basis.

“Rileigh is an inspiring example of how even our youngest community members can make a difference through volunteerism and philanthropy,” said Victoria Kling, Regional Manager of Disaster Response (photo with Rileigh Pedersen presenting donation check to Victoria Kling attached).

You can help people affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make a financial donation in support of Red Cross Disaster Relief, visiting http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local chapter office at 1102 S. 16th Street, Wilmington NC 28401 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:

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, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.