On April 10, 2014, the Fort Knox Volunteer Program hosted its annual “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” Red Carpet event to honor those who donate their time and talents to support military members, veterans and families living on the Fort Knox Army Base. Of the five awards presented, three were given to American Red Cross volunteers.
Retired Military Volunteer of the Year Mike Trombone is indispensable to the Helping Hands and Santa’s Workshop programs as well as to Fort Knox special events. Three days a week Trombone helps run Helping Hands which provides food, clothing and household good assistance to military families with a financial need. He also trains volunteers to operate the program.
Trombone even volunteers on his days off. During the holidays, he bagged groceries (over 300 bags) for financially challenged military families and checked the commissary bins for donated bagged goods and brought them to the Helping Hands facility.
Sandy Bousum has been volunteering at the Fort Knox Red Cross for over four years and was named the 2014 Military Spouse Volunteer of the Year. She coordinates volunteers for all Fort Knox programs, blood drives and special events. Her compassion for children drove her to develop “Candy Cane Lane” in 2012. This program provides the children of financially challenged military families a chance to shop for a gift for their siblings and parents. In 2013 more than 1,000 children participated.
Sandy steps into the role of manager and administrative assistant when paid staff are on vacation or at meetings throughout the year. She created a resource book for caseworkers to assist military families who are financially challenged.
Civilian Volunteer of the Year Brittany Page is well known by those who visit the Fort Knox Red Cross. She manages the front desk of the office five days a week. She oversees the Junior Red Cross program and supervises the Bluegrass ChalleNGe (National Guard) cadets, who are assigned from time to time to assist various Red Cross programs.
She gladly volunteers her time at blood drives programs and events. During the summer she assists with the Summer Youth volunteer program, scheduling interviews, interviewing youth, and placing each student in a summer volunteer job. She has generously given over 1800 volunteer hours to the Red Cross in 2013.
“The Service to Armed Forces programs would not exist or be successful without volunteers,” said May Giulitto, Manager Red Cross Service to Armed Forces.
The Red Cross offers congratulations to each of the award recipients as well as gratitude for their hard work and dedication to American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces. The Red Cross relies upon volunteers to provide emergency communications for military members and their families as well as to operate ongoing programs and events. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Fort Knox Red Cross, call (502) 624-2163.