Monday, June 19, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Debbie Ranier

Debbie Ranier is the poster of continued growth and success at the Eastern Kentucky Chapter. Debbie’s willingness to help shows with every event or any situation she takes on. 

Debbie has supported the Red Cross in many roles with grace and expertise including: Community Volunteer Lead, Board Member, Events Committee Member, Communications Support and Disaster Services. Debbie is a strong advocate for those we serve, donors and volunteers.  Debbie is considered the epitome of a strong working board member and a stellar volunteer. Thank you, Debbie!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

93 Year Old Volunteer Walks in 12th Annual Run for the Red

On Saturday May 13th, the Services to Armed Forces branch located inside Fort Knox hosted a 5k/10k walk/run in honor of their 12th annual Run for The Red. Out of the 900 people who participated, one that stood out was Nebraska native and 3 year Red Cross volunteer, Evalyn Tenopir.

This will be Evalyn’s third 5k since turning 90. Now at the age of 93, with her walker in hand, Evalyn states she has, “always enjoyed walking and being active outdoors.” With her most recent 5k being Run for The Red, she mentioned she completed it alongside her daughter, daughter’s husband, and a few family friends. When asked if she would be walking more 5k walks in the future, she ended with “I didn’t see myself doing a 5k period, so we will see!”

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Monday, June 5, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Karen Scott and Griff

Karen Scott and her infamous dog, Griff, represent the Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter with warm fuzzy hugs and wet noses at their local Veterans Hospital PTSD unit. Griff, a trained PTSD dog, goes above and beyond volunteering his time at the Leestown VA. 

PTSD does not go unnoticed with the Red Cross, especially not with Griff and his uncanny ability to know which patients need extra attention. Not only are soldiers ready to see Griff each week, but also the staff who spoil Griff with many pats and kinds words. Karen states “the visits will never stop,” and she can tell how appreciative veterans are by being polite and thankful for the visits. The Red Cross is grateful for Karen and Griffs weekly PAWSitive visits!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

National Volunteer Week: Kathie Hunt

Kathie Hunt has represented the American Red Cross in many facets over the last several years and is willing to fill any role needed.

In Disaster Cycle Services, Kathie lends her knowledge and expertise to assist the disaster program in her territory to ensure communities and clients are all served and their disaster needs are taken care of. She currently serves as the McCracken County Shelter Lead, but she is also willing to assist in the sheltering needs of many other counties.

Kathie serves as a Welcome Team volunteer in Paducah, assisting in on-boarding new volunteers and guiding them along the process of finding their niche in the Red Cross. She faithfully hosts new Volunteer Orientation classes every month in the Paducah office.

Kathie also assists in instructing disaster classes, and is a community events specialist. She is always willing to train volunteers and consistently helps out around the office or in the community. She is an exemplary volunteer whose knowledge and dedication to the American Red Cross mission are invaluable to our team.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

National Volunteer Week: Raleigh Pate and the Gray Ladies

Tuberculosis couldn't stop the Gray Ladies from celebrating a birthday! The Gray Ladies service was a division of the American Red Cross volunteers, made up of mostly women, acting as hostesses and providing recreational services to hospital patients. While the Gray Ladies service started out in Walter Reed Army hospital at the beginning of the First World War, it soon spread to hospitals across the United States, both military and civilian.
Raleigh Pate, right, with J. Grise and Bailey Eades

Raleigh Pate was a Gray Lady who volunteered at Hazelwood Sanatorium, a tuberculosis facility in Louisville, Ky. November 17, 1958 was a special day at Hazelwood because patients J. K. Grise of Lewisburg, Ky. and Bailey Eades of Robards, Ky., who stayed in neighboring beds, shared a birthday! Gestures as small as getting a birthday cupcake can seem monumental to patients stuck in the monotony of a Tuberculosis sanatorium. To the Gray Ladies of the American Red Cross, simply making a patient feel special on their birthday was a day well spent. 

First Capping Ceremony of the Hazelwood Gray Ladies
Although the Gray Ladies provided non-medical care, they underwent a rigorous training process, provided by medical professionals and the Red Cross, which included hospital organization, ethics, psychiatry and occupational therapy. By the 1930s, with increased demand during the Depression, the Gray Lady Service spread to other hospitals around the country, both military and civilian. Their services also extended to blood centers and providing assistance with disaster response. 

Although their numbers decreased, the Gray Ladies continued serving in American hospitals until the mid-1960s. Today, the Red Cross continues providing support to hospitalized U.S. military personnel with dedicated volunteers through Service to the Armed Forces.

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