We talk a lot about heroes at the Red Cross. I think it’s because we are surrounded by them-our volunteers, the people we serve, the first responders we meet at disasters and the people we run across who do extraordinary things for each other.
Last Thursday we honored some local heroes for doing amazing things; watch their videos for some inspiration. Stories include those of people like Brian Otto, a Chicago firefighter who saved a child from drowning in Lake Michigan and Irving Ibarez, an office worker, who performed CPR on a coworker and effectively saved his life. It’s pretty inspirational stuff.
You can be our hero by signing up as our fan on Facebook and by following us on twitter. This week we’re even having a contest (with prizes, not that you need that type of incentive) to see who can recruit the most fans to our Facebook Causes page. We even have a poll you can fill out and let us know what type of information you want to hear about from us from us.
This is unrelated but I know it’s top of mind for many; if you’re looking for Swine Flu info visit the CDC web site they’ll have the most up to date info on this situation as it evolves.
Additionally here’s an ABC-7 press conference from yesterday about Swine Flu, featuring Dr. Damon Arnold, giving some other tips about how to avoid Swine Flu. (there’s a very loose connection here to today’s whole hero theme, Dr. Damon Arnold-now the state public health director who is speaking in the press conference news clip, received an American Red Cross of Greater Chicago hero award two years ago).
It’s February 4th already. That means…that there are still 44 days until the first day of spring!
But that also means that there are only 2 days left to nominate your hometown hero for the 2009 Heroes Breakfast!
(Sorry, Batman, we know that your movie brought a lot Chicago pride for being filmed here, but you don’t count.)
The event’s sponsor CBS 2 is helping spread the word around the Chicagoland area to encourage you to recognize a REAL person, an ordinary individual who has made an extraordinary difference in your community.
Heroism is measured by great acts of bravery, commitment, and goodwill. It may only take seconds to perform CPR and save a stranger’s life in an emergency. It may take days or weeks just to help neighbors rebuild a home and life after having lost everything to a disaster.
Either way, it only takes a few minutes to share your hero’s inspiring story with us! Check out the award categories to see where your hero fits in, and nominate that special person by visiting www.chicagoredcross.org/heroes.
Spread the word around your neighborhood about the 2009 Heroes Breakfast. We look forward to helping you say “Thank you!” to your hero…in a big way!
Have you made a nomination for the 2009 Heroes Breakfast yet? You know you like breakfast (French toast, muffins, coffee, mmmm), so what’s the heroes part all about? Each year, the Greater Chicago Red Cross honors regular people from the Chicago area who have done selfless, great things.
Some heroic acts happened in an instant—rushing into a burning building to save a child. Other became heroes over time—volunteering hundreds of hours of community service. We’re looking for brave, kind, dedicated people who inspire us and reveal the potential for good that lies within everyone.
Not like John. John is NOT a hero. There’s goodness that lies within him, sure, but he’s certainly not letting it out. We hope this video makes you smile and reminds you to go make a nomination. Share it with your friends!
It’s time to recognize a hero in your life. I bet you know some people who are changing lives in our community—teachers, police officers, mothers, students, friends. To learn more about the categories (which include Youth Good Samaritan, Nursing, Law Enforcement and more) and to make your nomination, visit www.chicagoredcross.org/heroes.
Check out this cool image from http://www.redcrosschat.org. The first holiday cards for heroes are coming in! If you’d like to send a card here’s the address Holiday Mail for Heroes PO Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Just make sure you get it to us by 12/10 so we have time to get it to our friends in the military. Complete details are available here.
Imagine being in a foreign country away from your family during the holidays or being a member of a family with one of their siblings overseas. Then, you receive a bright card covered in winter decorations thanking you for all that you or your family member does for our country. I know that would brighten my day!
This is the second year that the Red Cross is collecting holiday cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. The cards are sent to American service members, veterans, and their families in the USA and around the world. This year, we are partnering with Pitney Bowes. Our holiday campaign would not be possible without their generous donation of technology, resources and postage.
Our goal is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards! You can send cards by December 10, 2008 to:
Can’t think of an idea for a card? Print out a free card here.
For more information and guidelines about Holiday Mail for Heroes, visit the website.
We are starting to collect nominations for our Annual Heroes Breakfast next April.
Each year at the Heroes Breakfast, the Greater Chicago Red Cross honors community members who have demonstrated heroism through remarkable acts of courage or kindness.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Adult Good Samaritan | Citizenship | Community Impact
Disaster Relief | Emergency Medical Assistance | Firefighter Nurse | Law Enforcement | Military | Youth Good Samaritan
Candidates must live or work in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry
or Will Counties. The heroic act must have taken place after January 1, 2008.
Selected Red Cross heroes will be formally honored on April 23, 2009, at the
To nominate your hero, please visit chicagoredcross.org/heroes
or call 312.729.6134.
Nominations are due February 6, 2009.