The power of the American Red Cross relies on your generous donations and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, employees, board members and community partners — dedicated people who will continue to make a difference for thousands of lives in 2024 and beyond. As we close out 2023, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season, and invite you to review some of our region's proudest and most memorable moments.
We recognized our 2023 Heroes in the Heartland through a virtual ceremony and an in-person Meet the Heroes event. This year's Heroes are wonderful examples of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Excited volunteers spent a spring Saturday canvassing an Omaha neighborhood, to install free smoke alarms and provide home fire education. Volunteers made 645 homes across Nebraska safer by installing over 1,600 smoke alarms in 2023.
Interim Regional CEO Josh Murray, Regional CEO Jill Orton and Regional Donor Services Executive Travis Adams attended an Omaha Chamber of Commerce event to announce a new, state-of-the-art blood bus for the Omaha area.
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News Story: 45 Nebraska and Iowa Volunteers Support Multiple Disaster Relief Efforts
45 volunteers from the Nebraska-Iowa region of the American Red Cross provided comfort and support in Florida, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest in the wake of multiple disasters in August.
First Aid Services Team (FAST) members staffed a First-Aid tent to support at the Lincoln Air Show.
News Story: Disaster Preparedness When Living with a Disability
Long-time Red Cross volunteers, Zach Mecham of Pleasantville, IA and Char Ballard of Lincoln, NE give their perspectives on preparing for common Midwest disasters as members of the disabled community during National Preparedness Month.