Down the street, across the country, and around the world—whether raising money for local disaster relief, the recent tornadoes and flooding across the country, or the earthquake in Japan—Midland’s youth are making a difference. Since July 2010, local area schools, from K-4 to college, have donated over $30,900 to the American Red Cross for various disaster relief efforts. While not everyone has the means for a large individual donation, fundraising through bake sales, dress-down days, school social events, penny collections, silent auctions, and restaurant percentage nights gives everyone, regardless of age, an opportunity to become a Red Cross “Hero.”
The Red Cross “Heroes” program is a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign through which the Red Cross partners with community groups and individuals to raise funds for the vital programs and services that the organization provides to the community. In light of the recent disasters, both near and far, our local schools have recognized the importance of giving back. Over 30 local schools in theMidlandshave become either “Heroes” or “Junior Heroes” for the Red Cross by raising over $1,000 or $500, respectively.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of teaching children from an early age the value of philanthropic efforts,” Paula Thayer, development associate, American Red Cross. “The funds raised by students have ranged from donations in the $100 range all the way up to the $10,000 plus range. The value of each contribution is measured by the gratitude of the people whose lives are touched by each blanket or comfort kit those funds purchased.”
The Red Cross would like to thank the following local schools who have rallied to support its humanitarian mission: Fairfield County School District, Lexington/Richland School District 5, St. Andrews Middle School, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School, Doby’s Mill Elementary School, Kershaw County School District, Dreher High School, Lugoff Elementary School, Bethel Hanberry Elementary School, Dutch Fork Elementary School, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Sumter County School District 17, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Lexington School District 1, Elloree Elementary School, Richland School District 1, Saluda Middle School, Moore School of Business, Edgefield Middle School, Lake Murray School, Fairfield Magnet School, Delmae Heights Elementary School, Lake Marion High School, Lower Richland Youth Corp, Leaphart Elementary School, Spring Valley High School, Manning Early Childhood Center, Grace Christian School, USC-All One, Hand Middle School, and Pontiac Elementary School. Making a difference truly starts down the street.
“There is no greater feeling than that of bringing hope to someone who feels they are in a hopeless situation,” said Thayer. “That is exactly what your Red Cross does each and every day and it is all made possible by the funds raised by the American people.”
To become a Hero, call (803) 540-1219 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation, please visit http://www.columbiaregionredcross.org or call (803) 540-1241. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, PO Pox 91,Columbia,SC29202.