Become A Hero in 2014

rco_blog_img_heroturnageFor over a century, the Red Cross has been a community leader in emergency preparedness and response. Each year the President of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month;” local Red Cross chapters use this time to honor that longstanding tradition of heroism by recognizing local individuals whose extraordinary acts make them a hero. Our heroes personify compassion, selflessness and kindness.

The American Red Cross of Eastern NC 2014 Heroes Campaign will run through March and is an excellent opportunity for the local chapters to raise money that benefits Red Cross programs and services in their communities. The goal is to involve as many people from our community as possible.

Last year, board member, Larry Williamson, kayaked through the intracoastal waterways of eastern NC to raise money for the 2013 Heroes Campaign.

Last year, board member, Larry Williamson, kayaked through the intracoastal waterways of eastern NC to raise money for the 2013 Heroes Campaign.

People of all ages can serve as Heroes. Heroes pledge to raise $1,250 each for the Red Cross during this grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign which is held each March. If you’re up for this challenge, you can raise the money personally, as an organization, or by hosting a fundraising event. All money raised here stays here.

What’s in it for me? Glad you asked!

  • The best feeling in the world knowing that you helped change someone’s life, including your own.
  • Your picture or company/organization’s logo in the newspaper.
  • An invitation to a delicious kick-off breakfast!
  • A chance to make a big, lasting difference in our community.
  • Bragging rights!
  • An invitation to one of our celebratory events.
  • Heroes that raise $1200 or more can present their check on air at the WITN-7 American Red Cross telethon on April 9th in Greenville

Your gift will provide . . .

  • $2000 will provide Natural Disaster Shelter operations for a 24 hour period
  • $1250 will provide a family of 4 a 2 night hotel stay, food and clothing after a fire
  • $1000 will educate 250 military personnel and their families about the services provided by the Red Cross
  • $500 will provide clothing and shoes for a family of 4 after a disaster
  • $200 will provide groceries and food for one weekend
  • for a family of 4 affected by a disaster
  • $150 will provide disaster comfort kits and Clean up kits for a family affected by a fire or flood

Ideas of how to raise money

  • Car Wash
  • Bake Sale, Chicken or Spaghetti dinner
  • Golf Tournament
  • Soliciting a business to donate $1,250
  • Raffle off a special item
  • Loose change drive at a local business or school
  • Jeans or TShirt day at your place of employment ($5.00 to wear jeans or $10 to wear Red Cross TShirt with jeans)
  • *Mail a letter to 40 of your closest friends to donate $50-$100 for the Red Cross to help you become a Hero

Retail and Restaurant challenge: sell Red Cross squares for $1 each, or “Keep the Change” buckets placed at the registers

  • Neighborhood garage/yard sale
  • Civic club challenges
  • Garden or Tea party in your home
  • Donut sales through Krispy Kreme®

Create your Online Heroes Page

  • Tips for Success with your Online Fundraising Page:
  • Share your Heroes page on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
  • Be sure to enter your off-line gifts so they are counted toward your totals!
  • Don’t forget to ask your donors if they (or their spouse) work for a company with a matching gift program.

For more information about the 2014 Red Cross Heroes Campaign email Summer Woodard or call 910-355-3800.

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