Red Cross to honor 'Heroes' with reception to close out month
by Will Heath
Mar 31, 2010 | 1113 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
National Red Cross Month concludes Thursday night in St. Clair County with a reception to honor the community Heroes.

Christine Arnold, the Community Executive Director for the Red Cross in St. Clair and Blount Counties, said the event will begin at 6 p.m. at Legacy Springs Clubhouse in Odenville.

“Basically it’s to celebrate being in the county for 16 years,” she said. “We’ve asked some to give a testimonial of how they’ve been assisted. Some of the volunteers, we’ve asked to give statements on what prompted them to volunteer and what keeps them here. It’s going to be a celebration of those people who have raised money this month in our Heroes campaign.”

The Red Cross has spent a good bit of the past month raising both money and awareness for its disaster services. Arnold said the organization’s ARCHIE (American Red Cross Helps In Emergencies) team has responded to 16 different incidents during March.

“Not all of those required assistance, some of them had insurance and the insurance took care of those people,” Arnold said. “As far as totals, I don’t have a total as of this week as to how much we’ve helped financially.

“It’s been pretty good as far as events and programs we had going.”

The Red Cross is also planning a fundraising event for the summer — Arnold says plans are in the works for a baseball tournament involving a number of fire and police departments in the county.

“We don’t have a title or anything yet,” she said. “We’re in the beginning planning stages.”

Having been with the Red Cross in St. Clair since 2008, Arnold says it is an exciting time to see all that is happening within the county.

“We’ve gone from 5 volunteers when I first started to almost 50,” she said. “I’ve worked really hard the last year and a half making sure people know there is a Red Cross here in the county, both for assistance but also to help serve. (Our volunteers) serve in different areas – it’s a little bit of everything.”

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