JOPLIN, Mo. —
The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for its next local heroes.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the organization’s annual Everyday Heroes awards, which honor residents of the Joplin area who have changed the lives of those around them.
Red Cross officials are looking for people to share their idea of a hero, tell nominees’ stories of selfless behavior, how nominees inspire, the nominees’ contribution to the community or how they have gone above and beyond to make the world a better place, they said.
A hero, Red Cross officials said on their website, could have an occupation as diverse as an educator, a nurse or a firefighter, and could be of any age. An act of heroism could be serving one’s country, advocating for one’s employees or simply being a good next-door neighbor, they said.
Heroic acts must have occurred during the 2013 calendar year to be considered for selection.
Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 1; any that are received after this date will be considered for the 2015 awards.
The nominations can be completed online at redcross.org/mo/springfield by following the link for “Celebrate Heroes.”
The awards ceremony will be at noon on Friday, March 28, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.
Last year’s heroes included a terminally ill high school student, a JROTC instructor at Joplin High School, an administrator with the Joplin Family Y and the entire Joplin Fire Department.
THE GREATER OZARKS CHAPTER of the American Red Cross annually presents its Everyday Heroes awards in Joplin, Lebanon and Springfield. A new event this year will also take place in Cape Girardeau.