14th Annual Anderson County Humanitarian Awards Luncheon

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The American Red Cross in Anderson County will recognize individuals who exemplify courage, kindness and unselfish character at its 14th Annual Humanitarian Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge, TN from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the International Association of Firefighters and SAIC. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mayfield Dairy Farms President Scottie Mayfield. Mayfield spent many years leading the Boy Scouts and instilling leadership, courage and a sense of community responsibility in young men. It is these same principles that make the Red Cross such an important organization.

The Red Cross will honor local humanitarians from nominations submitted by the community. Categories include Good Samaritan – Youth (18 and younger); Good Samaritan – Adult; Red Cross Volunteer – Disaster and First Responder.

Anyone may nominate a humanitarian by clicking here. People may also pick up nomination forms at the American Red Cross, 908 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 and either mail back, drop off or fax completed forms to 865-482-0258 by March 1 at 4:45 p.m. Nominees must live or work in Anderson County and will be judged by a committee of civic and community leaders. Additional guidelines may be found on the nomination form. For information or sponsorship opportunities contact William.Cramer@redcross.org or call 865-483-5642.

“This is a great opportunity to remember those who help all of us here in Anderson County by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Scot MacIlveen, Chairman of the American Red Cross Leadership Cabinet of Anderson County. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Last year in Anderson County, the American Red Cross assisted 20 families (83 individuals) with disaster financial assistance; 4,514 people attended Red Cross Disaster Services presentations and demonstrations and Service to Armed Forces provided casework services for 75 members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families. In addition, the Red Cross offered 72 Health and Safety courses to 864 people in First Aid, CPR, AED and Water Safety while 56 Anderson County volunteers gave more than 2,500 hours for community services including disaster relief, community preparedness, information and referral, and volunteer leadership.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” MacIlveen said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on volunteers, monetary contributions and donations of blood. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.