Red Cross Volunteer Appreciation

The Etowah and Cherokee County Chapter of the American Red Cross honors its local volunteers with a luncheon today in Gadsden.

The Red Cross used the opportunity to recognize the numerous volunteers and community partners who give so much to the community and step in to help immediately – whether in a natural disaster or a single family fire. Red Cross volunteers in Etowah and Cherokee Counties have donated more than 50,000 hours of their time in the past year. With studies showing that volunteer time is worth about $18 per hour – that’s more than $271,000 worth of community service just in those two counties. Chapter Manager Joy Ballenger says that there are a variety of needs that can be met by volunteers.

The group also used today’s luncheon to honor a young man with a special award. Josh Bogle of Gadsden is a Red Cross trained lifeguard who recently helped to save a woman’s life when she suffered a medical emergency while swimming in the local YMCA pool. For more information on how you can become a local Red Cross volunteer, call your local community Red Cross chapter or visit


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