The deadline is next week to nominate someone to be honored as a Hero of the Heartland at the Nebraska-Iowa football game over Thanksgiving weekend.
Kara Kelly, a spokeswoman for the regional American Red Cross, says a person can be a hero for all sorts of reasons.
“We’re looking for people who really have gone above and beyond. Maybe there was an extraordinary act of courage, it could be a life-saving act, or it could be somebody who had donated countless hours to a special cause,” Kelly says.
The deadline to nominate someone for the honor is Monday.
“We have not received a lot of nominations so far,” according to Kelly, “I think we’re getting drowned out a little bit by a lot of news that’s happening. Whether it’s political, we’ve had a lot of disaster news lately, both locally and nationally. So, get those nominations in.”
You can make your nomination online. “Go to redcross.org/iowa. If you do that, there’s a picture of Herbie and Herky at the top of the page that you can click on and submit your nomination for the Hy-Vee Heroes game,” Kelly says.
Two heroes, one each from Iowa and Nebraska, will be honored before the crowd at Iowa City’s Kinnick Stadium on November 25th.
“We are looking for those unheralded everyday people who have gone above and beyond,” Kelly says.
People who are nominated to be a hero must be at least 18 years of age and live, work or go to school in either Iowa or Nebraska — but their act of heroism or good deed need not have occurred in either state.