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Red Cross Invites America To Join “National Day Of Giving” Dec. 13

By Staff | Dec 9, 2008

The Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross has gained local and regional support for the National Day of Giving set for Saturday, Dec. 13.

The day was planned as part of the Red Cross’ efforts to reach the $100 million fundraising goal for the Campaign for Disaster Relief, which the organization launched in September.

“The fund was depleted as a result of a very busy year for disasters, including the massive tornado that struck Parkersburg and the surrounding area; severe flooding in eastern Iowa; all topped by an active and costly hurricane season,” said Bill Campbell, Executive Director of the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter.

“One thing we all have in common is that no one is immune from a disaster,” Campbell added. “Even if you don’t live in an area that gets hit by hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires, events like a house fire or flood can – and do – happen everywhere.”

Fifty percent of the money raised on the “National Day of Giving” will stay within the chapter (serving Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties) and 50 percent will go to the National Disaster Relief Fund.

There are several ways the public can help the Red Cross meet its $100 million goal, which will go toward helping the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year: a

Look for Red Cross volunteers stationed throughout the area on December 13. They will be available to take donations on the spot. Share what you can with your neighbors. Volunteers will be available at Spencer’s Southpark Mall from 9am to 4pm. In addition, the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter pickup and shelter trailer will make stops at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg from 10am to Noon to take donations and will travel to Spirit Lake from 1pm to 4pm in the parking lot of Hy-Vee.

Members of the Iowa Lakes Community College Student Senate will be placing Disaster Relief Fund canisters throughout the campuses in Emmetsburg, Spencer, Estherville and Algona. Members of the public are welcome to stop during business hours and make a donation at any of those campuses.

An online auction is being held for specially designed Bogenrief Studio glassware and other donated merchandise including a beautiful ring and dinner for two at Minerva’s in Okoboji. The auction items are being displayed on the chapter website at: www.iglredcross.org. To bid on the items simply send an email to: arcigl@smunet.net. The current highest bid will be displayed.

Donate to the Red Cross by going to www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (for Spanish-speakers, 1-800-257-7575).

Send contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund to the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter, P.O. Box 407, Spencer, IA. 51301 or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” (4483) to “2HELP” (24357).

“We’ve made some incredible progress toward our goal in a short period of time,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer of the Red Cross, “and we’re confident that the National Day of Giving for the American Red Cross will bring us that much closer.”