The American Red Cross of Cortland County has selected Cortland residents Linda Georgia and Tom Margrave as its Volunteers of the Month for December 2013. The Volunteer of the Month program, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, recognizes dedicated Red Cross volunteers for their hard work and commitment to the humanitarian organization.
Linda Georgia is a member of the Red Cross of Cortland County Advisory Board. Originally from Richford, N.Y., she attended Newark Valley High School and Tompkins Cortland Community College. Georgia, the Branch Manager for Community Federal Credit Union in Cortland, has been instrumental in planning Red Cross events, including the Open House and Clara Barton Reception this past fall. The culinary skills of Georgia and her husband, Bruce, helped make both events a tasteful success.
In the future, Georgia hopes to become more involved with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) that responds to emergencies 24 hours a day. She is proud to be on the Red Cross Board, because when her sister’s house burned down on a winter day, the Red Cross was there to provide money for new coats, food, and shelter. “No other organization has such an overwhelming response in time of need,” Georgia said.
Tom Margrave is a member of the Cortland DAT and handles client casework. He is also the Fire Department Chaplain for the City of Cortland. Originally from Washington, D.C., he attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal School for Boys in Alexandria, Va. At the age of 18, he joined the Army and was later stationed at Fort Drum. He graduated from West Point, received an anthropology degree from Syracuse University, and attended Yale Divinity School. He served as an Episcopal priest for 19 years.
Margrave is now “semi-retired” and currently training to be a Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteer so he can provide emergency services to military members and their families. He has taken advanced life-saving classes from the Red Cross and is a blood donor. “The Red Cross provides help when it’s needed most,” he said. “It’s part of our Christian responsibility to help those who have lost so much.”
Dunkin’ Donuts has generously supplied nine Red Cross chapters and branches throughout Central and Northern New York with gift cards to distribute monthly to deserving volunteers. Georgia and Margrave each received a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation for their volunteer service.