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American Red Cross honors heroes in Hagerstown

May 29, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- At Wednesday's third annual luncheon honoring Heroes for the American Red Cross, the agency recognized ordinary people who do extraordinary things so the organization can meet the needs of the people it serves.

"We have heroes all around us," said Robert Carder, Red Cross campaign chair. The efforts of those heroes have brought in $28,000 to date in this year's campaign.

While the local chapter does respond to national and international disasters, the bulk of the resources are used in response to house fires, Carder said.

Executive Director Julie Barr-Strasburg said the agency has responded to a lot of needs this year.

"There will be approximately 440 blood drives in Washington County this year where almost 9,000 units of blood will be collected," she said.

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In addition to blood drives and disaster response, the Red Cross is on call for military families, taking veterans to and from the V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., providing youth programs and teaching first aid classes.

Super Heroes recognized included St. Ann Catholic Church, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Volvo-Powertrain.

Heroes also honored were Auto Electric, Citicorp, Corner Pub, Redland Brick, Unilever Ice Cream-Good Humor Breyers, Meyers, Young & Grove, P.A., YMCA of Hagerstown, Sagittarius Salon and Spa, Central Maryland AFL-CIO, St. John's Lutheran Church, Calvary Temple Church, J. Edward Cochran Insurance, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaylor, First Data, Albright Crumbacker Moul and Itell, Hagerstown Lions Club, Blue Ridge Riding Club, Minnich Funeral Home, Pittman's Grocery, Wells and Karen Ridenour, and Loretta Mulcahey.

"Thanks for all you do," said Maria Johns, director of financial development.

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