The 2018 Heroes in the Heartland. The American Red Cross is accepting nominations for the 2019 heroes through Dec. 3.

If you know someone you consider to be a hero, the American Red Cross wants to know.

The Red Cross’ Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro Chapter is taking nominations for the 2019 Heroes in the Heartland awards.

“This is a great opportunity to truly thank someone for the difference they’ve made,” the chapter’s executive director, Jill Orton, said in a press release.

There are seven awards given out each year:

  • Lifetime Hero, given to someone who has overcome a hardship or risen above a challenge and dedicated his or her life to serving others.
  • Gift of Life, presented to an individual or group dedicated to blood or platelet donations or that inspires others to donate.
  • Good Samaritan, presented to an individual who’s “considered a hero because of ... unselfish devotion and concern for the welfare of others.”
  • Call to Action, given to someone who demonstrated great courage in challenging circumstances beyond his or her control.
  • Commitment to Community, presented to an individual or group impacting the community through volunteering, philanthropy or service to others.
  • Disaster Relief, given to an individual or organization serving an important role in the community’s disaster relief.
  • Public Servant Hero, given to a public servant (police, fire, military, medical, etc.) who went above and beyond in the line of duty.

Those nominated must live or work in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Burt and Thurston Counties in Nebraska or Pottawattamie, Harrison or Mills Counties in Iowa.

Nominations are open through Dec. 3 and can be made at redcross.org/local/nebraska/heroes-nomination.

Award winners will be honored at a luncheon in March.

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