From Anne Vestal, Regional Director of Volunteer Services of the Heart of Carolina Region
The Douglas Award is given in recognition of outstanding support ensuring the future delivery of services to the community and embodying the spirit of the mission of the American Red Cross.
The group selected this year to receive the award is Christ United Methodist Church who has been an outstanding community partner over the years supporting several of our service areas.
For over ten years the church as provided Red Cross the in kind use of its facility to host our Volunteer Recognition events and served as the venue for our Crossing Paths Fundraising Breakfasts. With Mark Ledford’s guidance from event set up to menu choices the church has provided leadership to make these events a success and church members have volunteered in preparing the food and serving us all. And tonight is another example of that great legacy of service.
The church supports Biomedical Services by providing blood drives to the community. The hard work and dedication of the church’s blood coordinator Dorothy Robertson and local mission has resulted in four annual blood drives which are well-organized drives and with great attendance always meeting their goal. Dorothy Robertson is also responsible for recruiting the volunteers to support the event and canteen items to refresh the donors afterwards.
After Hurricane Katrina the church provided space in partnership with the county and Red Cross Disaster Services to develop a Community Resource Center to help people transplanted to our community from the affected Gulf States helping them transition to their new location.
The church membership has provided board members, committee members, volunteers, blood donors as well as financial donors to the American Red Cross.
We are both honored and grateful to have Christ United Methodist Church as a Partner supporting all areas of the Red Cross. They help us fulfill our mission every day while continuing their own great legacy of service to the community.