Several of your neighbors in Delaware County are Heroes to the local Red Cross.  Together, with support from the community, these extraordinary people, businesses and civic organizations raised $35,000 to help the Red Cross to provide assistance to the residents of Northeast Oklahoma specifically Craig, Delaware & Ottawa Counties. 

All of the funds raised in each county will stay in that county to support local families and individuals.  The successful 2011 campaign was chaired by local Red Cross Director Michele Fraley.

Delaware County Heroes included:  NEO Electric Coop, Denim 4 Dollars employees fund, Grand Savings Bank – Jay, Jeff Lungren Chevrolet, Grand Savings Bank – Grove, Arvest Bank – Jay, Bank of Oklahoma – Grove, Grove United Methodist Women and several other individual donors.  The biggest event in Delaware County was the “Cross Your Tees” golf tournament at Shangri-La, which made almost $2,500.  This will be an annual event and the date for next year is set for early May.

“We are so fortunate to live in a community where people step up to help,” said Fraley.  “We are grateful to these Heroes, and to everyone who supported the campaign by participating in events or helping with financial gifts.  The success of this campaign will help the Red Cross continue its mission here in Delaware County.”

The Heroes Campaign is a grassroots effort to raise funds to support the local work of the American Red Cross. Local people volunteer to be Heroes and pledge to raise $1,000 each.  Heroes hold bake sales and car washes, they host dinners, and they conduct special promotions and events. The largest fundraiser in our three counties this year was the Harlem Ambassadors Show Basketball game held at Vinita High School in March.  It brought in around $6,000!  “We are bringing this event back next year, so mark your calendars for January 15!  This production will be even bigger and better!”

The Red Cross is best known for helping people during natural disasters.  But the most common Red Cross disaster response is to home fires, helping individuals and families with immediate needs of shelter, food and clothing.  The Red Cross also provides military communications and offers first aid and CPR training, as well as disaster preparedness information to the community.

For more information about the American Red Cross, call 918-256-6143 or visit our website: www.oklahomaredcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit www.OklahomaRedCross.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter