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.
“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