Tom Kaneo will be honored as the 2012 West Hawaii Red Cross Volunteer of the Year at the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on October 13, 2012. Hawaii News Now will be recognizing this week as Red Cross Heroes Week; for more information, please go to www.hawaiiredcross.org.
As a small business owner, Tom does what it takes to get a job done and maintains this attitude as a Red Cross volunteer. A disaster volunteer since 2001, he is now the Disaster Action Team captain for Kona. In this role, Tom is on-call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and is the first to respond to a disaster. After making an assessment, he works with a team to coordinate the needs of those affected. Tom also opens and coordinates logistics for shelters, maintains two emergency supply storage areas, services the Red Cross generators and teaches Red Cross disaster courses. He is a licensed HAM radio operator, which allows him quicker access to communication between the fire and police departments and is on the Community Emergency Response Team and often recruits members to support the Red Cross. His efforts help ensure the Red Cross is there for communities in West Hawaii.
The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world. To send a contribution, mail your check to: American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or make a secure online donation at www.hawaiiredcross.org or call: (808) 739-8109.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.