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Red Cross “VolunTeen” Recognized

Red Cross “VolunTeen” recognized
It was reassuring to be appreciated for what you do.

A local high school student who volunteers with the Red Cross Central SC Chapter has been recognized for her efforts.

Megan Reardon, 15, a student at Ridgeview High School has received the National Youth Philanthropy Award Nov. 20 in Columbia. Reardon was one of seven awardees recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for their contributions in philanthropy to enhance our local community. She was nominated by Nalan Miles of the Red Cross Station at Fort Jackson in Columbia where she has volunteered for four years.

Reardon said she was surprised to win the award. “It was reassuring to be appreciated for what you do,” she said.

Reardon is the vice president of VolunTeens, which promotes the Red Cross mission in the military and local communities. Among her many projects, she has chaired a health event for influenza prevention, supported a fire prevention event, raised funds through a gift wrap event, and prepared Valentine gift bags for the residents of the Veterans Affairs Dorn Hospital in Columbia. She is trained in CPR and also volunteers with S.C. Special Olympics, Richland Library, Palmetto Animal Assistance Life Service, and Girl Scouts."