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Metro Atlanta Red Cross Honors 18 Volunteers and Partners

Atlanta Georgia Red Cross Honors Volunteers
18 individuals and partners were honored at the event for helping to fulfill the Red Cross mission.

ATLANTA, GA- June 23, 2016– The American Red Cross of Atlanta celebrated dedicated volunteers and supporters this week at an annual appreciation event at Turner Field’s 755 Club. Eighteen exemplary individuals and partners were honored at the event for their selfless gifts of time, money and blood to help fulfill the Red Cross mission.

More than 90% of the American Red Cross workforce is composed of volunteers, including more than 1,590 in metro Atlanta. Those selected for local recognition were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to the Red Cross.

Volunteer award winners include:

Biomedical Achievement Award

Rebecca Gadsden (Riverdale)

 

Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year

Doris Scott- Rockmart Community Blood Drive

(Rockmart)

 

Sponsor Group of the Year

Sequoyah High School (Canton)

Ahavath Achim Synagogue (Atlanta)

Hillside United Methodist Church (Woodstock)

 

Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Svc.

Lewis Wynder (Conyers)

Jewel Young (Lake Spivey)

 

Disaster Preparedness and Response Award

Mikel Richardson (Tucker)

 

Good Neighbor Award

Cox Automotive (Atlanta)

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta)

The Junior League of Atlanta (Atlanta)

 

Nursing Achievement Award

Renee Dozier (Atlanta)

 

Service to the Armed Forces Award

Jemal Levingston (Douglasville)

 

International Services Award

Phillys Mwaura (Atlanta)

 

Health and Safety Services Award

Kedre Eakin (Douglasville)

 

Biomedical Lifetime Achievement Award

Peggy Lynch (Austell)

 

Volunteer Leadership Award

Carolyn Saltarella (Powder Springs)

 

Blood Services Volunteer of the Year

Jim Bridges (Woodstock)

 

Volunteers power the Red Cross, making it possible for the organization to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.  On average, 2-3 metro Atlanta families a day experience the compassion of our disaster volunteers. This year, nearly 2,000 of our neighbors with emergency needs for food, clothing, shelter, health and mental health support and recovery guidance, got the help they needed after local disasters, thanks to local volunteers.

Over the past year, volunteers also helped thousands of people in our community by training them in  lifesaving skills, providing emergency services for military members, veterans and their families, and supporting the collection of life-saving blood and platelet donations through community blood drives and donor centers.

The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There are many ways people can get involved. Interested participants can visit redcross.org/local/georgia  to learn more about volunteer opportunities, upcoming orientations, and how to submit a volunteer application.

 

 

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.