The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross honored its Hometown Heroes with a luncheon and awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Margie Hicks of Crossville received the award for Outstanding Blood Volunteer. Hicks lost her son, Jake, when he was involved in a tragic car accident in 2009. Since his passing, every year she has committed to replenishing the 70 pints physicians used in attempt to save Jake’s life. She donates at the Crossville Donor Center every 56 days and encourages others to do so as well.
She is also a fearless recruiter for blood donations and does not hesitate to ask someone to roll up a sleeve. In addition to her personal donations and recruitment efforts, Hicks also works with the Red Cross to host a blood drive in honor of Jake. Over the past four years, 293 pints of blood have been collected at the annual drives.
Samantha Harden of Pall Mall received the award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer. For three years, Harden served as an American Red Cross blood drive coordinator at Pickett County High School. Last fiscal year, she worked with her committee to open the blood drives to local family and friends and collected 108 pints of blood. Her tenacity helped Pickett County High School become one of the leading high schools in the region for blood donations.
Harden now attends Volunteer State College, where she is studying to become a speech language pathologist. Her career choice reflects her desire to help others just as she has through her volunteer work with the Red Cross.
The Center for Courageous Kids of Scottsville, KY, received the award for First Time Sponsor. This unique facility is a world class medical camping facility that provides a free, safe and fun experience for seriously ill and disabled children and their families. Aside from the wonderful work they do for their special campers, the CCK team joined the American Red Cross for a blood drive this year that brought in about 50 blood donors. To learn more about the wonderful work CCK does, you can visit their website http://www.thecenterforcourageouskids.org.
The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood products to 58 local hospitals. Every day, they need about 600 donors to give blood products in order to supply the local demand. Visit redcrossblood.org to find the nearest closest drive or donor center.