Red Cross to kick off campaign

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2005

For Morgan Tester, becoming a heroine will come at a high price.

Literally. To become a Suffolk Red Cross (SRC) hero, she’ll have to spend two days on the roof of Art’s Kitchen on Washington Street. From 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday (or until she raises $1,000, whichever comes first), Morgan and her aunt Donna Perry, an SRC member, will be shouting from a bullhorn to attract passersby, who can drop donations into a bucket that the two will be lowering.

It’s all part of the nationwide kickoff of Helping the American Red Cross, which aims to recoup some of the funds donated to last year’s Asian tsunami victims. The Suffolk chapter gave $80,000; nationwide, Americans put in $450 million. The SRC will be holding another fundraising campaign for the program at the Peanut Fest in October, where they’ll hold cow pie bingo, a barbecue and other events.

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Morgan and Perry will be joined by the Red Cross mascot, Bloodhound.

&uot;I thought it would be fun to sleep on the roof,&uot; said Morgan, who’ll spend the night in a tent (should a thunderstorm arrive, she’s coming down fast). &uot;I’m not afraid of heights. I’ll take some books and games with me. I just want to help Suffolk.&uot;

On the hour every hour, Art’s owner Ed Beardsley will play the songs, &uot;Up On the Roof,&uot; and &uot;Money, Money, Money.&uot;

&uot;This is going to be fun,&uot; Beardsley said. &uot;I’ll do anything I can to help. It’s a nice roof; they’ll be able to see everything.&uot;