(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
The American Red Cross of Northwestern Iowa celebrated and honored common citizens, the unheralded and unselfish pillars of their communities, on Tuesday, May 15. During the event, local resource representative Bob Kirschbaum announced that the Red Cross would be opening a satellite office in the Dream Center on the third floor of the building.
"We are in the process of moving to a new location in the next month. We will move to the Dream Center. We look forward to partnering with the Dream Center," Kirschbaum said. "It's more accessible to our patrons, and has large space for meetings and training."
Kirschbaum also noted the two entities share similar missions.
A former Spencer elementary school principal, Kirschbaum encouraged all in attendance to serve as volunteers through the Red Cross or to consider donations to assist in disaster recovery efforts.
Those honored by the Red Cross at the annual celebration, conducted at the Spencer Schools Administration Building, include:
* Doug & Dustin Schwaller -- Nominated for performing CPR on a man who had a heart attack while clearing snow. These two young men didn't panic and were able to calmly react to the medical emergency. Doctors at the hospital stated the immediate action probably saved his life.
* Pastor Kevin Grimes -- Nominated for working tirelessly to make a dream a reality with the Spencer Dream Center. Kevin led the charge to convert an empty building into a place of help for the community that provides clothing, food, shelter, and a medical clinic.