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Local Teen Receives Red Cross Volunteer Service Award

Local Teen Receives Red Cross Volunteer Service Award
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and, young volunteers like Tanmay are inspirational.

Tanmay Shah, a Red Cross youth volunteer, is a Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient for his hours of service and commitment to the community. Based on the number of volunteer hours he performed, he was sent the award on behalf of President Barack Obama.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service.

“This award recognizes Americans who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to service their communities and their country,” said Lyn Hruska, executive director. “For all of his hours of service, for which there could never be enough appropriate words of thanks, the Red Cross extends its heartfelt appreciation to Tanmay as the epitome of what this service award is all about.”

Tanmay, a sophomore at Normal Community High School, has been an active member of the local REDCROSS ROCKS youth group and has participated in numerous activities and projects including blood drives, fundraising, food and supply collection, letters to local military and volunteer recognition.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization,” said Emily Barr, volunteer coordinator. “And, young volunteers like Tanmay are inspirational.”

Tanmay was presented with this honor at the Heartland Chapter board meeting last month by Leanna Bordner, chapter board chair.

Please contact the Red Cross of the Heartland Chapter to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.