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Red Cross seeks hero nominations

WARNER ROBINS — March is Red Cross Month, and the Houston-Middle Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross is asking the community for some heroes.

The third Heroes of Middle Georgia event, to be held May 20, will honor individuals from Houston, Pulaski, Bleckley and Wilcox counties who have been nominated for their services to the community.

There are several awards to nominate people for. They are emergency medical services, firefighting services, law enforcement services, emergency management services, military, Good Samaritan and the Christopher Johnson Youth Character awards.

Nominations are being accepted until April 1 at the Red Cross office at 346 Corder Road in Warner Robins.

At the event, all of the nominees will be introduced by the person who nominated them.

“It’s focused on (the nominees),” said Jackie Trotter, director of community services at the Houston branch

So far this year, the chapter has responded to 14 disasters in the four-county area and spent about $7,000 to provide shelter, clothing and food for the individuals affected.

“Our volunteers are the ones that keep us going,” Trotter said.

As a way to honor the volunteers, the chapter will host a dinner for them at a private ceremony Sunday.

“It’s a chance for us to say thank you,” Trotter said.

For those wishing to help the organization, plenty of opportunities are available, such as donating blood, attending one of several Red Cross-sponsored classes or just by donating money.

Trotter emphasized that while the donations to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and Chile have been solid, there are local residents who are in need of services as well. The monies sent in for the earthquake relief efforts are not kept locally.

“We still have to support what’s going on here,” Trotter said.