American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee seeks nominations for local heroes

The American Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900, and to this day is tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families.

Who’s your hero?

Do you know someone who has performed an extraordinary act of courage? Someone who has dedicated countless hours to a special cause? Or someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in Southeast Tennessee?

If so, the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee is asking you to nominate that person for its 2021 Heroes Virtual Event– which will honor “local individuals who have made a personal commitment to creating safer and stronger communities and providing help when disaster strikes in the area and beyond.”

Nominations will be accepted by the public in the following categories: Youth, First Responder, Medical/Hospital, Military, Good Samaritan, and Call to Action.

Heroes are chosen by an awards selection committee, who select honorees based on the degree to which their actions embody the spirit and the mission of the Red Cross.

Nominations deadline is Oct.1.

“There are many great acts of courage in our area that go unnoticed,” said Julia Wright, director of the Southeast Tennessee chapter for the American Red Cross. “We are asking anyone who knows of people who are our everyday heroes in our area to let us know so we can recognize them.”

Nominations can be made through an online form at: redcross.org/realheroes.  

The American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee serves Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren and White counties.

In 2021, the American Red Cross is celebrating 140 years of service. Since its founding by Clara Barton on May 21,1881, it has been dedicated to helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies in the United States and around the world. 
The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900, and to this day is tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families.

It also developed the first nationwide civilian blood program in the 1940s and still provides more than 40 percent of the blood products in this country.
Learn more about the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee at: redcross.org/southeastTN.