Iowa Region American Red Cross communications officer, Kara Kelly, says a person can be a hero for many different reasons. “We’re looking for people who really have gone above and beyond. Maybe there was an extraordinary act of courage, it could be a life-saving act, or it could be somebody who had donated countless hours to a special cause,” Kelly says.
The deadline to nominate someone is Monday, October 24th. “We have not received a lot of nominations so far,” according to Kelly, “I think we’re getting drowned out a little bit by a lot of news that’s happening. Whether it’s political, and we’ve had a lot of disaster news lately, both locally and nationally. So, get those nominations in.” You can make you nomination online.
“Go to redcross.org/iowa. If you do that there’s a picture of Herbie and Herky at the top of the page that you can click on and submit your nomination for the Hy-Vee Heroes game,” Kelly says. A hero from both Iowa and Nebraska will be honored before a crowd at Kinnick Stadium.
“We are looking kind of for those unheralded everyday people who have gone above and beyond,” Kelly says. She says its a privilege for the Red Cross and Hy-Vee and the two schools to honor the heroes. “I think it’s a real treat for those heroes to go out into the middle of the field, whether its at Memorial Stadium or again this year at Kinnick, and be applauded by the thousands of people in the stands. It’s a really fun day.”
People who are nominated to be a hero must be at least 18 years of age and live, work or go to school in either Iowa or Nebraska — but their act of heroism or good deed need not have occurred in either state.