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American Red Cross provides many services

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tools of the trade - Siouxland Red Cross Chapter Exec. Director Tammy Lee placed the various tools the Red Cross uses into a wagon, which is missing the important piece of public support (the wheels that drive the Red Cross).
A group of 15-20 local community and business leaders were treated to a light lunch and some useful information over the noon hour on Thursday, courtesy of the Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. Chapter Executive Director Tammy Lee, Funding Director Bob Kirschbaum, and Cindy Voss, Red Cross advocate for Military Families, presented an informative hour on the total services provided by the Red Cross, including Disaster Services, Health and Safety Services, Volunteer Services, Services to the Armed Forces and Youth and Aquatic Services.

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.

Impassioned spokespeople - Funding Director Bob Kirschbaum, left, and Cindy Voss, right, both told emotional stories of their experiences working for the American Red Cross at a luncheon meeting in Cherokee on Thursday.
Cindy Voss pointed out the little-known fact that the Red Cross, not the military, is charged with the communication of emergency messages between servicemen/women and their families - advising of such items as family deaths, births and critical injuries or illness.

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.

Scrubby Bear - Scrubby Bear, the Siouxland Red Cross' popular educator of young students, was present outside of Cherokee's City Hall on Thursday,standing next to the "chuckwagon."
The Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross serves Lyon, Buena Vista, Monona, Woodbury, Osceola, Sac, Plymouth, Ida, O'Brien, Sioux, and Cherokee Counties in Iowa, as well as Dakota County in Nebraska and Union County in South Dakota.

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.

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