By Megan Hansen/Around & About editor

With its long tradition of helping others, the American Red Cross is in need of a little help itself.The American Red Cross kicked off its heroes’ campaign on Friday to raise money for its Daniel Boone Chapter in Madison County.

“All the money we raise will stay here in Madison County,” said Lt. Col. Brett Morris, co-chair of the local heroes’ campaign.

This is the first year for the campaign, that bears the motto “Give Change to Change Lives.”

The American Red Cross donates money for disaster relief across the country. On 9/11 most of the money the Daniel Boone Chapter had went to New York to benefit the victims, Morris said.

“We are collecting change in jugs located in all the dorms and some of the offices on campus,” Morris said.

Eastern hopes to raise between $3,000 and $5,000 for the American Red Cross according to Morris.

Morris believes the American Red Cross is an important asset to the community.

“The Red Cross is a vital asset to the community,” Morris said.

He said they are responsible for disaster relief and preparation. They also provide CPR and first-aid training for the community.

“For people in the military, they also provide emergency notification in case someone is hurt or killed overseas,” Morris said.

The American Red Cross is supported completely by donations.

“The Red Cross gets a lot of their money from the United Way Campaign,” Morris said. “They try to divide the money equally between organizations though.”

Since 9/11 people have been donating money to national organizations and not the Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross, Morris said. The local chapter needs money in order for it to continue operating.

The collection jugs have been set up around campus and are ready for donations, Morris said.

The dorm whose residents raise the most money will receive a pizza party for the entire dorm, Morris said.

Offices and departments are also competing. The department or office with the most money raised will receive a private luncheon for 10 at the Bennett Bread and Breakfast on Main Street.

“We as a community need to keep them in business,” Morris said.

The heroes’ campaign is sponsored by Eta Sigma Gamma, Eastern ROTC Pershing Rifles, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

For more information about the heroes’ campaign call Morris at 622-1205 or Emily VanWinkle at 623-1336.

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