High School Senior James Alligood Jumps Into Action to Help Victims

Sept 20, 2018 – Like most high school seniors, Greenville native James Alligood, is looking forward to graduation in the Spring.  The 18-year-old is excited about heading off to Wingate College next fall where he’ll study Special Education on a four-year academic scholarship.  In many ways, James is a typical North Carolina teenager, but as much as he has in common with his peers, a greater number of attributes sets him apart.

Last week, James spent four and a half days working in an evacuation shelter in Greenville as an American Red Cross volunteer. In the days leading up to, and following landfall, more than 150 people sought refuge at E.B. Aycock Middle School as Florence approached.   “Most of the people that were there were from my community that I’m close to. I felt like the clients would like to see someone they know to insure them that everything is going to be ok,” explained James.

09-22-18 -- Photo 1 - James AlligoodCommunity service hours are a prerequisite at J.H. Rose High School, where James attends; with Florence looming, James chose the Red Cross to complete his required service. “I blew through my required volunteer hours in one week–last week,” James said proudly.  “It feels like I’m doing something good for the community and I like that feeling.”

James holds down a couple of different part-time jobs where he works about 40 hours per week. He took a week of vacation to volunteer because he felt the time after Florence would be the most hectic for the Red Cross. James has quickly become a “go-to” volunteer for Cally Edwards, the Northeastern North Carolina Chapter Executive.  James spent Friday running errands, setting up and answering phones at the WITN disaster relief telethon. “He’s a real dynamo,” Cally said of James.  “He’s a very impressive young man who gives his heart and soul to help the Red Cross.”

You can make also make a financial donation to aid in disaster relief by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, by going to www.redcross.org or by texting FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Story by Marita Salkowski/American Red Cross



Give Something that Means Something and Double Your Holiday Donation

Alabama Tornadoes 2011This holiday season the American Red Cross is urging people to give something that means something by making a financial donation through the 2013 Holiday Donor Challenge 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 an anonymous donor, the first $20,000 in financial contributions to the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross will be matched this holiday season. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar in  support of the vital programs and services provided to area residents by the Red Cross. Your donation can help save the day when fire destroys a neighbor’s house, when a patient needs blood, or when a member of the military has a family emergency back home.

rco_blog_img_tornado“We ask people to be generous in their support of the Red Cross this holiday season, and help us to provide assistance and relief to local neighbors in need,” said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director for the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We know these are difficult times for families and businesses across our nation.  That’s why we’re grateful for the ability to offer supporters this opportunity to double the impact of their holiday donation through this incredible matching gift incentive.”

Your tax-deductible contribution can be made by:

  • Mail or In Person: 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/capefear

Two thousand and thirteen has been a busy year for the American Red Cross. Red Cross chapters responded to more nearly 70,000 disasters across the country, including major relief operations for wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres; tornadoes that destroyed entire towns; and flooding that left communities under water.

Over the past year, our local Cape Fear Chapter has provided the following vital programs and services in fulfillment of the Red Cross mission:

  • Responded to 146 local disasters (primarily home fires) and provided more than $94,000 in direct assistance and relief to 161 families (508 individuals) including 194 children (age 17 and under).
  • Disseminated Community Disaster Education information and materials to 17,185 area residents at 70 community events throughout our five-county jurisdiction.
  • Made 1,325 client referrals to other community agencies and resources.
  • Supported 495 area blood drives through which 16,368 units of blood were collected and distributed to area hospitals to meet the needs of local patients; each unit of blood has to the potential to help up to 3 patients.
  • Facilitated emergency communications and other assistance for 536 military members and their families.
  • Provided “Get To Know Us” information to 246 military members and their families and delivered more than 2,500 holiday cards and cookies to active duty and veteran service members and their families across our five counties.
  • Trained 2,878 area residents in first aid, CPR, babysitter’s training, water safety and other lifesaving skills through certification courses taught by local Red Cross instructors.
  • Reached 301,099 community members through electronic and interactive health and safety
    course materials and other preparedness information accessed through redcross.org, Red Cross
    social media sites, and via free Red Cross apps that can be downloaded for Android and Apple
  • Assisted with 3 international tracing cases and one international information and referral request.
  • And, mobilized volunteer resources and financial support from our community to aid in relief efforts across the country in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, The Oklahoma Tornadoes, and the Western wildfires and floods to name a few.

All of this was made possible through the dedicated service of nearly 450 volunteers, a handful of paid staff members, and the generous support of nearly 2,000 local financial donors, and thousands of area blood donors.

The work of the American Red Cross impacts lives every day, and it is only through the continued generosity of our donors, partners, and volunteers that this is possible.

Red Cross urges winter blood donations

This holiday season give a gift that doesn’t spread waistlines or stretch wallets. Instead, spread hope by donating blood or platelets.Easy to save lives

The American Red Cross’ Give Something that Means Something campaign asks eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets during the holiday season beginning Nov. 4, 2013, through Jan. 6, 2014.

“The holidays bring families and friends together in times of celebration, but for families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, the holidays can be a difficult time,” said Bill Brent, CEO for the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross. “When you give the gift of life with the Red Cross, you’re giving hospital patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with their loved ones.”

Brent added that each blood or platelet donation made can help someone heal, feel better or just have more time.

Historically, during the winter months of November, December and January, fewer donors make the time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and holiday shopping. The Red Cross urges donors who make a commitment to donate during the holiday period to keep their appointments.

Those who attempt to donate Nov. 27, 2013, through Dec. 1, 2013, will receive a red short-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt as a thank you. Those who attempt to donate from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3 will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt. T-shirts will be offered while supplies last.

Donors can motivate others to give by sharing their donation experience or inviting a loved one to follow in their footsteps by creating a free postcard using Postagram. During this limited offer, donors can add a picture and personal message about their donation experience to a postcard at http://rcblood.org/HolidayPostcard and the Red Cross will send it to a recipient of their choice.

Donors can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information or to make an appointment to give blood or platelets.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.