What Does the Fox Say: Forging the Path Ahead


MAY 16 Posted by erinhuntmiller The American Red Cross is nearly 133 years old, but it is as relevant today as when it was founded in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton. She could not have imagined that the American Red Cross would grow in scope and passion to provide more than 40% of the […]

Story from the field: Still Helping in Gifford


MAY 16 Posted by erinhuntmiller On Sunday, November 17, 2013, tornadoes ravaged many portions of the state, leaving neighborhoods and communities unrecognizable. In Gifford, a small Illinois town rich in history, the tornado destroyed 20 homes and damaged over 200 others. But not only were homes destroyed, the memories and dreams of the residents seemingly […]

Billy, Preschooler, and Safety Scholar


APR 23 Posted by bhovey90 As a Red Cross Youth Instructor, I travel to locations in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties to teach classes involving a host of safety topics. Many of these locations differ in multiple ways, but their commonality is the great kids at every location I visit. These students ranging from preschoolers […]

Peoria Heartland Heroes – Officer Nick Taylor and Office Luke VonDerHeide


APR 15 Posted by erinhuntmiller At 3:59 pm on November 3, 2013, Renee Alexander received a text from her 15-year-old daughter Belen, saying she was going to take the dog for a walk. But 45 minutes later, Renee picked up her cell phone to strikingly different news: Belen was in the ICU at Pekin Hospital. […]

Peoria Heartland Heroes – Jeff Morrow and Michaele Potter


APR 15 Posted by erinhuntmiller Although Charlie Meischner wasn’t a winner at the American Legion’s jackpot drawing on the night of July 3, 2013, he was extremely lucky: Michaele Potter and Jeff Morrow, two other guests in attendance that night, saved his life. Charlie was eating at the Spring Bay hall when he suddenly fell […]

Peoria Heartland Heroes – Bill Slusher


APR 14 Posted by erinhuntmiller August 2, 2013 had all the makings of a bad day for PDC employee Bill Slusher. He got called in early, started his trash pick-up route late, and was one of the last ones to return at shift’s end. But Bill wouldn’t change a thing about that day, for this […]

Peoria Heartland Heroes – East Peoria, Pekin and Washington


APR 14 Posted by erinhuntmiller The violent tornadoes that ripped through this area on November 17, 2013 will not soon leave our collective memory. These powerful storms shredded homes and lives, and the devastation and chaos left behind was immense. What force could hope to counter such a brutal path of destruction? The mayors of […]

Why I Love Central IL


APR 2 Posted by erinhuntmiller Special events season is always nutty… caterers, decorations, invites, and 10 million little details that can just about drive a girl insane. In April, the Central Illinois Region is hosting the Evening of Stars in Bloomington, the Diamond Affair in Decatur and the Heartland Heroes Dinner in Peoria. So it […]

What Does the Fox Say: Finding the Goodness of People


MAR 31 Posted by erinhuntmiller At the American Red Cross, we know that the worst of times brings out the best in people, but it was hard to imagine that anything good could come from the tragedy of the November 17th tornadoes. How wrong we were! We cannot change the devastation and heartbreak that the […]

Saving teens, one school at a time


APR 1 Posted by monicaredcrosser April unravels me in a whole lot of ways. It isn’t just because the weather is getting warmer and I am determined to get a little more organized at home, it is also the start of our grant’s busy season. Don’t get me wrong, I love being on the go; […]

Illinois to offer ABLE Accounts

View image | gettyimages.com State treasurers from across the country met in Chicago in early August to discuss ways to implement ABLE accounts, a newly created savings vehicle for the disabled. ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience. The accounts are designed to benefit families who have a child with a disability. ABLE accounts, […]