This Saturday, August 14, all of the Cherokee high school fall sport athletes will be canvassing the Cherokee community collecting donations for the American Red Cross. A special thanks to Athletic Director Neil Phipps and all the other coaches who are heading up this project. Bob Kirschbaum of the Red Cross, says, " Our goal is to get $1 per every person in the community. Even during tough economic times, (I feel) we can afford $1. It's a cup of coffee, a can of pop."
Kirschbaum said he is "really excited to see our youth get out and help. These kids are not only our future leaders, they are our future volunteers and future donors. They are the people who will be taking care of us in the nursing home in a few years, and I want them to learn the skill of empathy."
Kirschbaum, a former school administrator, said, "As a principal, I felt that I could help change the world, one child at a time. As a Red Cross employee, I feel I can help change the world, one disaster victim at a time. Disasters change lives, and you can too. Together, we can transform a life in crisis into a life of hope. Together we can make a difference!"
This summer alone, says Kirschbaum, the Red Cross has been very active in the communities of Cherokee, Washta, Quimby, Aurelia, Paullina, Sibley, George, Little Rock, Maurice, Boyden, Hartley and Melvin, just to mention a few - and the summer is not over yet. The Red Cross staff and volunteers have helped serve thousands of meals this summer, provided thousands of clean up kits across Northwest Iowa, and have also set up several shelters for disaster victims.
Kirschbaum welcomes phone calls (712-253-1578) from anyone who is seeking more information about the Red Cross, including how they can become a Red Cross volunteer.