Kirschbaum pointed out that the Red Cross is mandated by the Government to provide these service, but relies solely on contributions from the public to provide all of the services they provide, whether it be assistance for persons by disasters, providing emergency messages between servicemen or women and their families, providing safety education and swimming lessons, or any of their diverse responsibilities.
Kirschbaum was highly complimentary of the recent efforts of Cherokee businesses and schools to donate to the Red Cross, and urged everyone present to remember that, though the services the Red Cross provides are free, public funding is necessary to provide those services. He said that even if everyone gave just $1 to the Red Cross, it would be very helpful for their mission.
One of the most popular Red Cross "staff members" is Scrubby the Bear, and he was also present in Cherokee on Thursday. Scrubby goes to area schools and educates young students about the effects of germs with the motto, "Don't get sick. Wash up quick!"
Tammy Lee concluded the presentation with a visual demonstartion of Red Cross services. She displayed the various "tools" the Red Cross has at its disposal, talking briefly about each tool before placing each in a small wagon. The wagon had no wheels, and it wasn't until members of the audience attached four wheels, each representing an aspect of public support, that the wagon was able to move about freely to reach its destination.
This one-hour "Point of Entry" overview of Red Cross services is presented each month. Anyone may call the Red Cross office at 712-252-4081 (toll-free, 1-800-340-4081) to find out the dates, times and locations for these informative sessions.