When the American Red Cross Blood Center asked us to replace one of their banners recently and forwarded a photo of them using it, I checked in with them for some more details. The headline on the banner, “Walking in Vein,” was intriguing enough for me to contact Carol Dembeck, their Communications Project manager for more details.
As it turns out, employees at the blood center participate as a team in Relay For Life, the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Teams raise funds in advance of the scheduled event, and then camp for 24 hours at a location that includes a track. Team members relay around the track through the night to honor cancer victims and survivors.
Our local American Red Cross has always made events they’ve participated in fun and entertaining. Why not? They certainly extended their senses of humor as participants in Relay For Life (see their photo), without diminishing the importance and seriousness of the event.
“We are committed to the Relay For Life for two reasons: First, much of the blood donated to the Red Cross is used to support the treatment of cancer patients. Second, there are a number of people who worked here who have died of cancer, or who are survivors and virtually every one of us has been touched by this disease in some way,” said Dembeck.
So you might think that the American Red Cross only supports other non-profits that support medical issues, or who are in need of blood products.
“In addition to participating in the Relay For Life,” said Dembeck. “We have also manned a water station at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon for many years, participated in the Dragon Boat Festival, have volunteered at Vermont Public Television pledge drives, and helped out at other community event.”
In other words, the American Red Cross is a good neighbor. Do you know of other instances where one non-profit helped another?