Press release from the American Red Cross:
Allen County Residents, Organizations and Businesses Honored
Red Cross Distributes Awards for Outstanding Support
(October 4, 2010) – On Oct.1, the American Red Cross Blood Services, Indiana-Ohio Region, hosted its annual recognition luncheon at the Fort Wayne Marriott. Many awards were distributed to recognize the outstanding achievements and volunteer service of individuals and businesses in our region. The following were recognized from Allen County.
The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recognizes the countless Red Cross volunteers who serve the community at blood drives, donation centers and local Red Cross chapters.
- Stanley Harmeyer, Fort Wayne
The First Time Sponsor Award recognizes the businesses, churches and community organizations across the Indiana-Ohio Region that held their first American Red Cross blood drive during the last year or came back after an absence of three or more years.
- 4th Grade Girl Scouts at Deer Ridge Elementary
- Deer Ridge Elementary School
- Design Collaborative
- Fraternal Order of Police
- Petroleum Traders
- Queen of Angels
The Faithful Friend Award recognizes the sponsors who have been loyal supporters of the American Red Cross. This year’s Faithful Friends agreed to have blood drives during inclement weather or holiday periods, secured volunteers to help provide excellent customer service and could be counted on to meet goals.
- Dimension Ford North
- Timothy Gaskill, Fort Wayne
- Douglas Gregory, Fort Wayne
- Wayne High School
The Growing by Leaps and Bounds Award recognizes the blood drive sponsors who increased the units of blood donated at their blood drives by at least 25 percent or who increased the number of blood drives they hosted in the last year.
- Brown Mackie College
- Do It Best Corp
- Fellowship Missionary Church
- Wayne High School
The Red Cross thanks these honorees and the entire community for its support of blood donation.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.