Red Cross needs your help to help others in need - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Red Cross needs your help to help others in need

Posted: Updated:

Just this morning, the Red Cross kicked off its Heroes Campaign, it's biggest fund raising event of the year and this year organizers are raising the bar on their goal.

It was just a month ago that the Robb family lost everything in a fire in Posey County.

Often as was the case here, it's the Red Cross that jumps in to help the family.

"We have people that go on site to these different disaster areas to provide immediate services of food and temporary shelter, blankets, whatever they may need," said Norm Bafunno, Red Cross Co-Chair.

This past year, the Red Cross responded to 350 local emergencies, just like this one.

Bafunno, who is president of TMMI and is also co-chair of the Red Cross Heroes Banquet says those services require funding.

"This is our major fundraising event for the year," said Bafunno. "It's 25 percent of our revenue target comes from this event."

This year the Red Cross Heroes Campaign is aiming to raise $200,000, that's $50,000 more than last year.

"It does go throughout the year for our region," said Amy Canterbury, CEO Evansville Region Red Cross. "It helps folks who may be fire victims, or tornado or storms."

Canterbury is calling out to the community to help them with their goal.

"A hero can be someone who can raise a thousand dollars," said Canterbury. "So that can be 10 friends. That can be five friends. That can be a business," she said.

All the money stays local, and goes to help out families of disaster and fires like this one.

If you want to donate money, click here or call 812-471-7200.

Copyright 2013 WFIE. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow