Residents can become a 'hero' and support the American Red Cross

By WBNG News

Residents can become a 'hero' and support the American Red Cross

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) March is Red Cross Month, and Central New Yorkers can help support the American Red Cross by joining the “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign.

According to a news release:

“Heroes” is a grassroots campaign where businesses, school clubs, church groups, civic organizations and individuals seek pledges to raise at least $1,000 for the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter, which includes Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga counties.

The campaign will run through June, and the money raised will support Red Cross services, including disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, and first aid, CPR and other lifesaving classes.

Individuals who want to use social media to help raise money can become an “Online Hero” and utilize peer-to-peer fundraising with their own “Heroes for the American Red Cross” team.
 
During last year’s “Heroes” campaign, a 12-year-old girl recruited an online team that raised $1,000; a plant in Tioga sold hero squares for $1 apiece and raised $1,100; and a Broome County bank raised $1,600 during “Jeans Week,” when they paid to wear jeans for a day or the entire week.