The Flower Fun Store!

Every year, Ms. Irma Boyd’s class at Myers Park Elementary makes and sells paper flowers to raise money for the American Red Cross.

This year marked Ms. Boyd’s 21st year doing the Flower Fun Store!

Flower Fun Store

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Run for the Money!

Run for the Money

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On Saturday, April 21, the Gaston County Chapter participated in the 10th Annual Run for the Money fundraising event sponsored by the Community Foundation. 

Activities throughout the morning included a 5K competitive run and 2K fun walk, karaoke competition, information booths, singing, dancing, Zumba and more. 

Emergency Services volunteers and members of our Youth Leadership Development program helped serve water to runners and walkers at the finish line.

Volunteers also manned the Red Cross booth, where we provided information on being prepared for emergencies like tornados and other major weather events, brochures describing our different program services and an opportunity to sign up for a blood drive at the chapter on the 24th. 

Cruz Roja program leader Helen Herdon represented the chapter as our volunteer in the 5K race.

Heroes step forward to help families affected by home fires

On Thursday, March 28, more than half a dozen people pledged to help a family after a home fire. The Red Cross hosted a Heroes event, sharing the need for our community to give to families through Red Cross programs and services.

Learn how you can be a hero

retha Pinkney, who lost her son and all her belongings in a fire, spoke at the event.

Margretha Pinkney, who lost her son and all her belongings in a fire, spoke at the event.

“It’s because of the Red Cross that I was able to start putting the pieces of my life together again,” Margretha shared with the audience.

Red Cross board member Robert Wiseman (left) poses with Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Howard, owner of Autobell, which is the SuperHero of the Heroes campaign.

Charlotte Fire Department Chief John Hannan briefly spoke about how the Red Cross and fire department work together during emergencies.

At the end of the evening, WBTV Anchor Jamie Boll, who emceed the event, asked audience members to step forward to be a hero by pledging $1,000, or by contributing to the campaign in any way they can.

He recognized Chuck Howard, from Autobell, which is the “Superhero” for the campaign, having pledged $15,000 toward Red Cross emergency services.

By the end of the evening, more than $8,000 was donated, which will help eight families start the road to recovery after a home fire.

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The Gentlemen’s Fund: GQ supports the Red Cross

Check out how GQ is supporting the American Red Cross through offering incentives to those who donate:

Whether it’s helping neighbors down the street, across the country, or around the world, one organization is always there. The Gentlemen’s Fund initiative, Land Rover, and Jason Sudeikis are supporting the American Red Cross, the nation’s premier emergency-response organization.

The Red Cross is there through disaster—from house fires to hurricanes—to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. By providing vehicles and financial assistance, Land Rover lends a valuable hand to the Red Cross in its response to everyday disasters. Each year, the American Red Cross assists victims of nearly 70,000 national disasters and provides aid to more than 90 million people with international disaster management and disease-prevention activities.


The #perfectgift: Craig Newmark gives $10,000 to the Red Cross

Editor’s note: This blog post is written by Craig Newmark.

craigconnects teamed up with the American Red Cross on the #perfectgift campaign this past December. The idea of the campaign was for people to tell me, and the American Red Cross, what their #perfectgift would be. This gift could be for themselves or someone else, and for each mention across the web, until December 31, 2011, I donated up to $10k to the American Red Cross. The money was used to support the purchase of military comfort kits for our troops.

The American Red Cross shared that, “We think a perfect gift would be the opportunity to show all of you the very real impact that your donations have on the people helped by Red Cross every year!” I explained that, “my #perfectgift is when I’m able to give to those who do such good stuff.”

Eileen Unger posted on my Facebook page, that her #perfectgift would be:

To take advantage of every opportunity to ‘make a difference’ and to have the voice and ability to encourage others to do the same.

Kathleen Dean wrote on the Red Cross’ Facebook page to share her story:

Many years ago, my husband asked, ‘So what do you want for Christmas?’ My reply, ‘That you donate blood on a regular basis next year.’ Adding, ‘It is the gift of life that keeps on giving.’ He did that too.

We also reached out to the community to ask who made a charitable donation on someone’s behalf as a gift this year? We received a large variety of answers.
On Twitter…

@annekbradley said,

This year , I donated to Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, my dad’s favoriote charity, in his honor. #perfectgift


donated to #PolarisProject, which fights modern day slavery, in memory of [his] grandmother, Florence Mangan.

People shared photos of their #perfectgift, too.

@LaurenJJohnson shared a picture of her giving blood:

the gift that saves the day through @RedCross!

@jerryjamesstone even tweeted at Craig,

Hey @craignewmark I’d like to match your @redcross donation as the #perfectgift for the first 100 tweeps who respond to you.

Jason Wilhoite told the Red Cross that

The perfect gift would be to see 10,000 donated even if you don’t get 10,000 comments. Now that would be a great gift.

I’m happy to announce that I was able to give the full $10k.

I hope folks will keep giving now that the holidays are over. As the American Red Cross tweeted recently,

…join us in 2012 and give hope to people who need it year-round.

Shop, save and raise money for the Red Cross

Join us at the Belk Charity Sale this year!

6-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
Belk in SouthPark Mall, Charlotte

It’s a private, four-hour sale dedicated to supporting the American Red Cross. We will have the opportunity to raise money for the organization while private sale customers receive 20% – 70% off Belk purchases storewide, including special savings on rarely-discounted brands, such as designer handbags and clothing.

To gain admittance to the sale, customers must purchase a $5 ticket from the American Red Cross.  Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk card holders will receive double Rewards points for card purchases.  Belk Elite cardholders will receive triple Rewards points for card purchases.

When the doors open at 6am on November 6, 2010, the first 100 customers in the store will receive a free Belk gift card and three lucky winners company wide will receive a gift card valued at $1,000.

The American Red Cross keeps 100% of the funds we raise through ticket sales. To purchase a ticket for the Belk Charity Sale and support your local Red Cross, please contact Tamrah Jordan at or 704-347-8238.

Young philanthropist inspired to host fundraiser

Eleven-year-old Morgan raised more than $400 for her local Red Cross chapter.

Eleven-year-old Morgan Rector had watched her grandfather loyally support our Catawba Valley Chapter for years.

“I have been helping him this summer do things for the Red Cross,” she said.

In addition to helping chapter volunteers and staff move items from the warehouse, Morgan decided she wanted to hold a fundraiser.

“I know that the Red Cross could always use the money,” she said.

So Morgan approached Subway and asked them to donate cookies, which she would then offer to people for donations to the Red Cross. Subway generously gave Morgan 100 cookies.

Morgan then set up a booth outside Food Lion and asked shoppers for donations, offering them a cookie and water in exchange for their gift. She was awed when someone dropped a 100-dollar bill in her bucket – and didn’t want a cookie or water.

“I thought, ‘Wow, that’s really nice.’ It’s really nice that someone wants to give to the Red Cross because it’s going to a good cause and a good reason,” she said.

At the end of the day, Morgan donated $411 to the Red Cross. Thank you, Morgan, for being a great Red Cross supporter!