Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 24, 2013

Four locals honored for service to Red Cross

Staff report
The Independent

LEXINGTON — Four Northeast Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross volunteers were honored at the Regional Volunteer and Staff recognition banquet of the Bluegrass Regional Chapter.

The event was to honor those throughout the 55-county service area who have dedicated themselves to the Red Cross mission.  

Red Cross volunteers participate in disaster response, preparedness initiatives, delivering emergency messages between local families and their loved ones serving in the military, fundraising and certifying residents in life-saving skills.

Ninety-five percent of the Red Cross work force is comprised of unpaid volunteers.

The following local chapter staff and volunteers were honored:

Bonnie Prince

Prince has been a disaster and blood services volunteer in the chapter service area for nearly 10 years.  

She is a member of the Southern Baptist Disaster team and has worked alongside the Red Cross in many locations.

In 2011, Prince volunteered alongside the chapter staff to assist clients affected by the flooding in Olive Hill.

Pat Stewart

Stewart served as a board member of the chapter for seven years. She was an instrumental part of the chapter’s successful raffle fundraiser.

Each year, Stewart donated two UK basketball tickets as an “early bird” incentive to support the raffle and recruited her husband to sell many raffle tickets over the years.

Harold Slone

Slone has been an essential resource and partner to the chapter. As the Lawrence County emergency manager, he is always willing to discuss opportunities to increase shelter partners, provide services for the community and share information about preparedness.

Virginia Carter

Virginia “Jenny” Carter began her volunteer work with Red Cross in 1937 before the start of World War II. She became a Red Cross volunteer at the chapter when a friend asked her to help pack boxes for service members. She would eventually go on to participate in the “Knittin’ for Britain” program where she hand-knit sweaters and rolled bandages during the war. She also remembers sorting clothes to send to Whitesburg flood victims in the 1940s.  

Carter continues her volunteer contribution to this day — working in Blood Services. She faithfully volunteers the first Friday of every month at the chapter’s blood drive at the fire station in Ashland. She is part of a group of six volunteers at this particular blood drive every month.  

In total, the group of four has given more than 200 years of service to the Red Cross. Their attentiveness to donors is the reason so many donors return every 56 days to donate blood.