WILKES-BARRE — The Wyoming Valley chapter of the American Red Cross is in the midst of its 2014 Heroes for the American Red Cross campaign.
As the list of events for the campaign is finalized, the Red Cross is looking for more public support and donations.
The campaign will run until April 30. The campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 to find Red Cross programs and services, such as assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications and disaster relief.
In a news release, the agency states Heroes is a grassroots campaign “where local business people, school groups, church groups, civic groups and individuals pledge to raise $1,000 for their local Red Cross Chapter.” All money that is raised will support the Wyoming Valley.
Cindy Garren, major gifts officer for the Wyoming Valley branch of the American Red Cross, said the organization is especially in need during this time of the year when house fires are common. The Red Cross often provides support for displaced victims.
Some companies that are participating include Lord & Taylor Distribution Center, Fairchild Semiconductor, Merrill Lynch, Wyoming Valley Motors and Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre.
So far, Garren said, the campaign is moving along smoothly. She said the list of events is being finalized.
“It takes a while for our heroes, for our volunteers to kind of get their events in place,” she said.
Garren said people can help out the Heroes campaign by making a donation or by attending an event held by one of the Heroes groups.
The Wyoming Valley branch of the American Red Cross will also be launching its own chapter of the Clara Barton Society. Named after the founder of the American Red Cross, Garren said, the organization is a leadership society for those who donate $1,000 or more to the Red Cross annually.
Members are invited to special events, receive a collectible pin and certificate and other incentives.
Garren said Clara Barton Societies are already setting up throughout the country.
“It’s a nice way to recognize people who want to be a leader in the organization,” she said.