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Red Cross Seeks Nominations for Community Heroes

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Heroism happens in communities every day. Help us tell these stories; recognize these achievements.

Inaugural Heroes Award Breakfast to Honor Courage and Kindness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE... (Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley – January 15, 2014) An organization that is normally extending a helping hand to the people of our region is now asking for some help from the community. As the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross prepares for its inaugural Heroes Breakfast, it is asking people to submit their nominations for community heroes in eight categories. 

“We know that there are unsung heroes in communities across our region who give selflessly to others,” said Larry Crist. “The Red Cross is looking for help identifying these heroes so that we can tell their stories and recognize their achievements,” Crist added.   

At its first ever Heroes Breakfast, the Vermont & New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross will honor community members who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. The Heroes Breakfast is a celebration of spirit and community. Whether it’s helping someone escape a burning building or changing a life through simple acts of generosity and caring, heroism happens in our communities every day. 

Honorees will be recognized at a celebration on April 29, 2014, to be hosted by Stephanie Gorin, anchor with the event’s media sponsor WPTZ’s NewsChannel 5. But first, the Red Cross is seeking the help of the public so that they can learn about the heroes in our region. The Red Cross is urging people to nominate someone to receive an award in one of the following eight categories: Armed Forces/Military Hero, Animal Hero, Youth Good Samaritan, Adult Good Samaritan, First Responder, Community Impact, Blood Services/Gift of Life, and Spirit of the Red Cross.  

The heroic act or activities must have occurred in the past 16 months, occurring September 2012 or later, to be eligible for an award at the April event. Nominations will be accepted through February 24, 2014. To nominate a Hero and for more information, visit: www.redcross.org/vermontheroes or www.redcross.org/uppervalleyheroes or call (802) 660-9130 ext., 111.