Longtime volunteer awarded Triangle Chapter’s highest honor

For 45 years, Wayne Stallings has showed up for his community.

As a Red Cross volunteer, he’s supported military families before loved ones depart for service. He’s greeted blood donors, and he’s comforted community members who’ve just lost everything to a home fire.

Because of his service, at this year’s Red Cross Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Wayne received the Poe Heritage Volunteer Service Award – the highest award presented by the Triangle Chapter of the Red Cross. The award is presented to an individual that personifies the spirit of community support and volunteerism through outstanding leadership, service and achievement.

Wayne started volunteering with the Red Cross in 1973. His biggest inspiration – his mother. “She was always active at her local Red Cross and donated blood frequently,” Wayne said.

Wayne said during the Volunteer Luncheon, as Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern NC described the award winner, he had no idea that volunteer would be him. “I was floored when he said my name. I didn’t even realize I had volunteered so many years. I knew it was a lot, but I didn’t know it was 45,” Wayne said.

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“Wayne exemplifies the passions of so many of our volunteers by taking his desire to support our nation’s military members and their families, and putting into action. His selfless acts and dedication speak to who he is as a person; warm, caring and action-oriented,” Porter said.

Volunteer leaders at the Red Cross echoed similar kind remarks about Wayne.

“Wayne is an outstanding individual, always giving of himself to others. The Red Cross, particularly Services to the Armed Forces has an angel in Wayne Stallings. Clara Barton [founder of the Red Cross] would be proud of his work for our military members and their families,” said Lora Alexander, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces manager.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer like Wayne, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.  

Photos from the Triangle Chapter’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2Hsgn6k.  

By Chloe Austin | American Red Cross

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina commits $1 million to Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in North Carolina

Home Fire Campaign in Fayetteville, North Carolina 2016

This spring, the American Red Cross, as part of its Home Fire Campaign, worked to Sound the Alarm with local volunteers and community partners as it aimed to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires.

The Red Cross is thrilled to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) will serve as its North Carolina state Home Fire Campaign partner. Blue Cross NC generously donated $1 million to support the campaign.

“Blue Cross NC is proud to support the Red Cross in this important effort to save lives,” said Blue Cross NC President and CEO Patrick Conway. “A crucial part of our quality of life is being able to sleep in peace at night. All homes in North Carolina should have reliable, working smoke alarms that can help prevent unnecessary tragedies. The Home Fire Campaign is a big step toward that goal.”

Since the launch of the Home Fire Campaign in 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,400 partner organizations have installed over 1,100,000 smoke alarms in nearly 12,400 cities and towns in all 50 states, serving more than 1,262,000 people.

Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation events are part of the ongoing campaign, in which Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from partners like Blue Cross NC.

“Every day, home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced. So far, our Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 381 lives across the U.S.,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “Because of the generosity of Blue Cross NC, we can continue to reduce the number of home fire deaths in our communities, one smoke alarm at a time.”

“We know that working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Western North Carolina. “Together with Blue Cross NC, our other partners, and our volunteers, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.”

Large Sound the Alarm installation events are scheduled across North Carolina thanks in part to Blue Cross NC. Register for a Sound the Alarm event near you!