When a fast-moving fire heavily damaged an Omaha apartment building a few weeks ago, Red Cross volunteers were there to help displaced residents recover.
Agency volunteers responded to nearly 400 emergencies in Nebraska last year, providing food, shelter, clothing and comfort to 507 families.
Kara Kelly, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, says they’re saluting volunteers during March which is National Red Cross Month.
“Volunteers who get up in the middle of the night and respond to home fires,” Kelly says. “People who donate blood and also for people who give financial contributions to the Red Cross.”
The Nebraska-based chapters of the charity assisted 22,000 military families last year, in part, by bringing deployed troops important information about births, deaths and other significant personal events.
Kelly says, “A big part of our mission is supporting members of the military, veterans and their families, delivering emergency communications when something’s happening in their lives.”
The agency is involved in humanitarian efforts on a global scale, while also offering to help Nebraskans learn how to save lives.
“The International Red Cross vaccinates thousands of children each year against measles and rubella, and of course, those health and safety classes,” she says. “We are teaching first aid and CPR and aquatics.”
More than 36,000 Nebraskans were trained in life-saving skills through the agency last year, while another 17,000 took part in disaster preparedness training.
“Hero” ceremonies are planned by the Red Cross to honor Nebraskans who have shown courage, dedication and character through extraordinary acts of heroism and kindness. Events are planned this month in Lincoln, on May 4th in Grand Island and on June 10th in Omaha.
Learn more at www.redcross.org/local/nebraska.