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Saturday is the Annual Red Cross Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium

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The money collected by “passing the bucket” will be used to support Red Cross services in Nebraska including; disaster response and preparedness, immediate response to victims of house fires and severe weather, lifesaving training and much more.

LINCOLN, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – This Saturday, October 27 is the annual Red Cross Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium. 325 volunteers will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross during the Nebraska vs. Michigan game. The Red Cross encourages everyone attending the game to drop a donation in the buckets being passed through the stadium during halftime.

The volunteers passing the bucket represent 13 companies and organizations, including: Archer Daniels Midland, Ameritas, Bryan Health, Hy-Vee, Lincoln Benefit Life, Lincoln South Rotary, Molex, Nationwide, NEEBO, Pfizer, Sampson Construction, State Farm Insurance, UPS, and the American Red Cross.

The money collected by “passing the bucket” will be used to support Red Cross services in Nebraska including; disaster response and preparedness, immediate response to victims of house fires and severe weather, lifesaving training, crisis communication services for military families, and the First Aid Services Team.

The Red Cross First Aid Services Team (FAST) was founded in 1937 to provide lifesaving care at every Husker home game. Since then, the First Aid Team has expanded to provide care at over 300 events in Lincoln and Lancaster County. There is no charge to patients that receive medical care from the First Aid Team. “This program saves lives,” said Susan Epps, Cornhusker Chapter Executive. “Our volunteers get to the patients quickly, assess and respond to their needs, and get advanced medical care when needed.”

This year, FAST Team member Kurt Kruse will be recognized from the field for his devotion to keeping the community safe as a Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED Instructor and the FAST team’s Community Events Coordinator. Kruse has volunteered more than 500 hours per year for the past three years.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog.

Media Contact: Susan Epps, Phone: (402) 441-6388, Cellular: (402) 730-4165, susan.epps@redcross.org