Red Cross: 100 years Serving the QC

When natural disasters strike; the Red Cross is there.  When those who serve our country need support themselves; the Red Cross is there.  When education on lifesaving skills is needed; the Red Cross is there.  For all these reasons, plus many more, the American Red Cross has been a respected not-for-profit organization for over 100 years.  With chapters all over the world they are able to serve thousands of countries when help is needed most.

Local Chapter

The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year!  When we were approached to do a special sculpture for their centennial celebration, we couldn’t say no! For all that they do and all that they stand for we couldn’t wait to give back to them. It was decided that our “Grateful Heart” in a special white finish with red hearts was the perfect sculpture to showcase how much the community appreciates all that they do.

By purchasing the special edition Grateful Heart prior to and during their Picnic on the River event, supporters helped raise over $1350.00 for the local chapter.

Picnic On the River

Their annual celebration “Picnic on the River” was held on June 23rd, 2017 at Schweibert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, IL.  It included delicious tastings from local chefs, refreshments, live and silent auctions, a wine pull, and live music from Quad City native Tim Stop.  Tickets for the event were sold in advance and those who upgraded and purchased VIP tickets were given the Grateful Heart for free along with other special items such as chocolates from Lagomarcinos, yummy! As you can see above our owners Bill, Cathy, and Donna REALLY enjoyed the event this year, especially the photo booth op!

Money raised at this event, other events, and through donations from supporters like you, goes toward funding their many humanitarian services.  This includes meals provided for relief workers and victims of disasters; relief items distributed to those affected by disasters; overnight stays for those displaced from disasters; and so much more! To find out how to donate to their cause and to find the total list of where your money goes, visit here.

Volunteer!

The Red Cross relies heavily on volunteers  to run these disaster relief efforts; to run the local blood banks and food drives; they help prepare for emergencies; they provide training on lifesaving skills; and they provide dynamic interactive community education.  They are always looking for more volunteers! Sound like something you want to get involved in? Find out more about volunteering for your local Red Cross here.

Partner with Isabel Bloom

Isabel Bloom is committed to helping community programs and local non-for-profit organizations.  If you are part of a charity or organization and would like information on partnering with us, please feel free to contact us with your ideas by emailing [email protected]

 

by Lexi Johnson

Lexi has been with Isabel bloom for 16 years, since she was a youngin’. She has over 50 sculptures of her own because she LOVES Isabel blooms. Lexi has a wonderful husband and a son who challenges her every day but she wouldn’t trade being his mom for anything in the world. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors with her family, golfing, kayaking, and hiking when they can.

Comments

6 Comments

  • Katie

    July 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    LOVE hearing about the partnership! My aunt has been volunteering with the red cross for several years and they really do some wonderful things for those in need.

    • Lexi Johnson

      July 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Thank you, Katie. It’s so nice to hear about people giving their time to volunteer.

  • Jeff Gilfillan

    July 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Way to go Bloomers! Can’t be more proud of you for your continued support for QC charitable organizations. Especially for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Biased, of course.

    • Lexi Johnson

      July 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Jeff! I’m sure they miss you as much as we do 🙂

  • Diane M. Anderson

    July 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Is this available to buy?

    • Lexi Johnson

      July 11, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Hi Diane, we have been told they have a few left! You can contact Trish Burnett for more information on purchasing. 309-258-4920 or [email protected]

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