Red Cross Annual Fundraising Campaign Begins

Red Cross Disaster Relief Van

A Red Cross volunteer assist residents of Big Lake after the 2010 flooding.

74 Red Cross Heroes from northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas are attempting to raise $1,000 each.

The money will fund local Red Cross services for house fires, disasters and Armed Forces Emergency Services.

On average, over 70 people get help each day in the area from the Red Cross, according to Midland Empire chairman Sharon Kennedy.

“Most people would give $50 to help a family after a fire and give $25 so military families can have emergency services; they just have to be asked.  Twenty people donating $50 or 40 people donating $25 meets the $1,000 goal,” Kennedy said.

The Red Cross needs to fund-raise $350,000 a year in addition to fund received as a United Way agency. The Heroes Campaign kicks-off with a breakfast on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. and the campaign will end April 20.