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American Red Cross Salutes Supporters of East Piney Woods Chapter

LONGVIEW, TEXAS, June 17, 2013 — Celebrating the end of another strong year of response, American Red Cross chapters in North Texas recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community. The American Red Cross East Texas Piney Woods chapter in Longview welcomed its volunteers and employees to a special chapter awards event, at Holiday Inn Express North Longview, Monday, June 17, 6 p.m, to honor its supporters for their dedication and service.

“We enjoyed taking time to recognize those who help all of us here in the Longview community by giving their time to help a neighbor,” said Tammy Prater, Executive Director of the American Red Cross East Texas Piney Woods chapter. “We wanted to thank our heroes during this meaningful and fun awards ceremony – our volunteers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

The Red Cross East Texas Piney Woods chapter, with help from nominations and the Regional Awards Team, recognized a variety of achievements that occurred throughout the year. The awards and recipients include:

  • Chapter Volunteer of the Year – Michael Cassin
  • Clara Barton Award – Barbara Farr
  • Community Spirit Award – New Gate Mission
  • Diversity Ambassador – Brenda Jones
  • Exceptional Employee Award: Chapter Services – Cynthia Williams
  • Exceptional Volunteer for Administrative – James Harding
  • Exceptional Volunteer for Disaster Preparedness and Response – Carolyn Morton
  • Mentorship Award – Charles Dixon
  • Mission Award – Suzette Alexander
  • Rookie of the Year – Lori Hendrix
  • Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross North Texas Region is home to nearly 10,000 volunteers across North Texas. In addition, Red Cross community partners – the local companies and organizations that provide physical space, financial support and workers – are critical to the success of our mission. The Annual Awards Night honored volunteers, staff, community partners and neighbors that have provided remarkable service during the last year.

    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.

    Here in the Longview area, the East Texas Piney Woods chapter has responded to 109 incidents, assisting 394 individuals, thus far in the 2013 fiscal year.

    “From the explosion in West, to the tornadoes and storms in North Texas and Oklahoma,” Prater said, “it is evident strong supporters of the Red Cross Piney Woods chapter are vital to the successful operation of this organization.”

    The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

    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 or join our blog at