“We spend about $50,000 on house fires, and it’s during this time of year that we raise the money for those cases,” said executive director Pam Fikes.
One of the events planned for the campaign is a “no-show gala,” in which donors are asked to make a contribution directly to the Red Cross rather than attending a black-tie affair.
Fikes said a similar “imaginary event for a very real cause” raised nearly $3,000 for the Heroes campaign last year. Also, Red Cross volunteers are selling disaster preparedness T-shirts for $10 to benefit the local center’s fire fund. The shirts as well as disaster preparation materials and volunteer information are available each Wednesday at a booth at Jasper Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fikes said she expected that effort to continue through the end of June.
Next month, the local Red Cross will be having a community blood drive at First Baptist Church in Jasper. The drive will be held Friday, June 1, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center and will continue on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors can register in advance and make appointments at www.redcrossblood.org.