Cargill and CFCU in New York are Red Cross Heroes

Cargill, CFCU Are Red Cross Heroes

CFCU Community Credit Union employees enjoyed Jeans Day on Jan. 18.

We chose the Red Cross as one of our recipients due to the variety of services they provide for the Tompkins community, such as organizing blood drives, providing emergency assistance, and helping our neighbors most in need.

Cargill, Inc. in Lansing became a “Hero for the American Red Cross” by hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 11 at the Lansing Fire Station, 80 Ridge Road, Lansing.

Visitors were also able to purchase hot dogs and soda, and all proceeds went to the American Red Cross of Tompkins County.

Tompkins County residents can support the American Red Cross of Tompkins County by participating in the “Heroes for the American Red Cross” campaign. “Heroes” is a grassroots campaign where businesses, school clubs, religious groups, civic organizations and individuals seek pledges to raise at least $1,000 for the Red Cross of Tompkins County.

CFCU Federal Credit Union in Ithaca became a “Hero” for the Red Cross by hosting “Jeans Day” on Jan. 18. CFCU employees donated $3 apiece for the privilege of wearing jeans to work, and CFCU matched the donations dollar for dollar. In addition, change jars were placed at all teller stations to give CFCU patrons the opportunity to become Heroes for the American Red Cross.

“The Jeans Days that we hold at CFCU are not only great for the organization they benefit, but they also boost employee morale,” said Lisa Whitaker, President and CEO of CFCU. “Employees are able to pull together, in an inexpensive and easy way, to help support non-profits that do so much for our community.

“We chose the Red Cross as one of our recipients due to the variety of services they provide for the Tompkins community, such as organizing blood drives, providing emergency assistance, and helping our neighbors most in need,” Whitaker added.

The Heroes campaign will run through June and the money raised will support Red Cross services, including disaster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency military communications, homeless services, 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.

To learn more about the “Heroes” program, contact Toni Sacco, Tompkins County Site Manager, at (607) 273-1900 or toni.sacco@redcross.org.