The Indiana-Ohio Region of American Red Cross Blood Services hosted its annual recognition dinner at the Fort Wayne Marriott. This year’s theme of “Saving Lives by the Numbers” highlighted the many ways in which lives can be saved and how many those lives can affect. Guests at the dinner also learned Hands Only CPR so more lives might be saved in the future.
Awards were presented to recognize the outstanding achievements and volunteer service of individuals and businesses in our region. The following were recognized from Williams County.
The First-Time Sponsor Award recognizes the businesses, churches and community organizations across the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region that hosted their first American Red Cross blood drive during the last year or that hosted a Red Cross blood drive after an absence of three or more years.
The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recognizes the countless Red Cross volunteers who serve the community at blood drives, donation centers and local Red Cross chapters.
•Leslie Mason – Hometown: Montpelier
•Barb Thomas – Hometown: Pioneer
The Red Cross thanks these honorees and the entire community for its support of blood donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 60 hospitals. 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.