MARCUS - Members of the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Student Leadership Team and other MMC students will be going door-ro-door throughout the Marcus Community today to seek a $1 donation for every household member to support the Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
All the money raised will stay in the 13-county area served by the chapter, according to Bob Kirschbaum of Sheldon, fund development associate for the Siouxland Area Chapter and the neighboring five-county Iowa Great Lakes Chapter.
"By only asking for $1, it's an amount even in tough economic times people can afford, and yet those dollars really add up," said Kirschbaum. "If we could get everyone to give $1, we'll make our financial goals pretty easily with our regular donors coming through."
Kirschbaum, who has organized similar community-wide fund-raisers for Red Cross, approached MMC Guidance Counselor Renae Ogren with the idea to canvass Marcus and the Student Leadership Team and several other students will help with the project.
Students will divide into groups and spread out across town to cover different sections. The canvass will start about 6 p.m. and is expected to be completed by 8 p.m.
"We want to help the kids understand that we have a lot of people who support us, so it's good for our kids to give something back in some way, and this is one way to do that," said Ogren. "It's all about teaching and learning, and this is another aspect of it."
Kirschbaum said that kids are great at raising money for themselves, and that it's "really neat that these kids are going to go out and make a sacrifice for the commonn good.
"These are our future donors of tomorrow. They're our future volunteers. They're our future leaders. I really appreciate the (MMC) school helping lead the way with the kids to help them learn that we're all in this together," added Kirschbaum.
The money raised will support various services of the Siouxland Area Chapter, including immediate emergency responses for victims of fires and natural disasters; health and safety training such as CPR, first aid and lifeguard classes; and emergency communications to people serving in the military.
Kirschbaum encourages the people in Marcus to "step up and donate to the cause of the American Red Cross when students show up at their door.
"Disasters change lives, you can, too," said Kirschbaum. "Together, we can transform a life in crisis into a life of hope. Together, we can make a difference."