The local Red Cross will host a Fill-the-Hat drive to support the Ottawa County Heroes campaign.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Miami Wal-Mart Supercenter.

All proceeds will benefit the local Red Cross, which last year helped 30 families after house fires in Ottawa County and spent over $27,000 for assistance to fire disaster victims.

“The Fill-the-Hat event will be a way for people to have fun and support the Red Cross at the same time,” said Tammie Lewis, Director of the Red Cross Service Center.

The Red Cross is best known for helping large numbers of people after widespread disasters such as the 2007 Miami Flood or the 2008 Picher Tornado.

However, the majority of the help provided by the Red Cross is after house fires. After a fire, Red Cross volunteers meet with the family, assess   the damage to the home, and provide a debit card based on the number of people in the family so that they can purchase new clothing, coats, shoes, food and other necessities.  Typically, a family of four receives about $1,000 in Red Cross financial assistance after a disaster such as a house fire.

The Fill-the-Hat event is just one part of month-long Heroes for the American Red Cross campaign. Already, Fifteen Heroes have signed up from the Miami community, each will try and raise $1,000 to support the local work of the Red Cross. Heroes can raise the money any way they choose - through a bake sale, car wash or simply by asking friends to make a donation.  Look for the Red Cross Hero Signs around Miami during March and show your support to the Red Cross Heroes.

Chairing the Ottawa County Heroes Campaign is Ann Neal of Chapters and Marcel Walther of Arvest Bank.  The goal for the entire campaign is $10,000.

For more information about the Heroes Campaign, please call the local Red Cross, 542-5072.