Volunteer Appreciation Week- We appreciate all that you do!

Not to brag, but the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross has some amazing volunteers, 1500 to be exact! Our volunteers recognize that people in our communities and all around the country depend on the Red Cross every day whether someone’s home has been burned down or a life was saved thanks an individual trained in CPR.

It is during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12 that we take extra time to recognize the extraordinary work of all our volunteers and thank them for being the number one reason that the Red Cross can provide hope to so many in need. During this time, the Eastern North Carolina Region would like to recognize several volunteers for their outstanding accomplishments with their time in our organization:

Margaret Taflinger, lead SAF volunteer, and Wendy Dyer, Service to the Armed Forces state manager for NC, VA and D.C., welcome a visitor to the new SAF office on SJAFB.

Margaret Taflinger, lead SAF volunteer, and Wendy Dyer, Service to the Armed Forces state manager for NC, VA and D.C., welcome a visitor to the new SAF office on SJAFB.

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Recognition – April 9th
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will be holding a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony next week and the base command will recognize nine Red Cross volunteers:

  • Msgt. Anthony Smith- recognized with the Silver Presidential Service Award
  • Margaret Taflinger has 17 years of Red Cross service and will receive the Lifetime Presidential Service Award
  • Norman Taflinger- has ten years of Red Cross service  and will receive the Gold Presidential Service Award
  • Jeanine Patsko
  • Bill Hewitt
  • Pat King
  • Jay Williams
  • Warren Drell
  • Orgun Sen. Msgt.
Chuck Thurlow with Cape Fear Chapter CEO, Vicki LaBelle.

Chuck Thurlow with Cape Fear Chapter CEO, Vicki LaBelle.

North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service
Chuck Thurlow, Cape Fear Chapter, Brunswick County Nominee for the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. Chuck has supported the Cape Fear Chapter as a Board Chair, Blood donor, and financial donor and currently in his role as a Disaster Leadership Member in Logistics. He is always willing to jump in and do things at a moment’s notice and truly understands what it means to be a member of the “One Red Cross” Family.

Linda Eldridge

Red Cross Service Recognition Award
This year, the Red Cross Service Recognition Award recipient was Linda Eldridge for more than 40 years of dedicated volunteer services. Linda first started volunteering with the Red Cross in 1969 as a dental assistant while her husband, Fred Eldredge, was deployed to Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps and she hasn’t looked back since. Averaging over 500 volunteer hours a year, Linda has surpassed the 22,000 volunteer hour mark and is still working as the Red Cross volunteer coordinator at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. Linda has given thousands of hours of service, all while, supporting her husband’s military career and raising a family.

Jack of All Trades Volunteer Helps Wherever Needed
For the last six years Margaret Meier has supported the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter Red Cross as an office assistant. She has worked area blood drives, written letters to military families, assisted during times of disaster with the phones and walk-ins. Carolyn Self, CEO, says “Margaret is one of those people who has a big heart and cares deeply about making a difference in the lives of those who call upon the Red Cross.”

ImageLocal Blood Drive Volunteers Help the Red Cross Meet Patient Needs
Volunteering does not have to start at one specific age or time in a person’s life. Many of our staff and volunteers have had life long careers that started at young ages; one such extraordinary volunteer is MaKayla Newcomb from the Wayne County Chapter. MaKayla is a youth volunteer who assists her mother, Dian Newcomb, with local blood drives. What makes MaKayla unique is that she does not only help with the canteening of drinks and snacks at a blood drive but is extremely interactive with our donors, volunteers, biomedical staff and community partners. She is a ray of sunshine on the drives.
Congratulations to all our volunteers who have received awards for all of their hard work. While awards are one way of recognizing outstanding services, it is important to note that all of our volunteers support the Red Cross mission, vision and values. Each volunteer contributes and fulfills a need locally, regionally and nationally to all communities around the country.

Thank you for all that you do!

 

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