Don Castle, of Ada, was recently named Volunteer of the Year.  Standing with him is Collene Conley, director of the American Red Cross in Hardin County.
Don Castle, of Ada, was recently named Volunteer of the Year. Standing with him is Collene Conley, director of the American Red Cross in Hardin County.

LIMA - The American Red Cross in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties honored volunteers at its Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held Wednesday, April 10, at American Legion Post 96 in Lima.

Those recognized include volunteers who help with blood drives, assist at fundraising events, help in the office, and are on the scene assisting disaster victims, locally and nationally.

The Clara Barton Award and Volunteer of the Year Award were given to an individual in each county. The Clara Barton Award recognizes a volunteer who has displayed significant leadership and commitment to the Red Cross mission. The Volunteer of the Year Award honors a volunteer who tirelessly carries out the mission of the Red Cross. Several other awards were also given in each county.

Honorees include:

The Hardin County Clara Barton Award was presented to Madelyn Lowery of Kenton. Lowery is a long-time board member. She has been the chapter's liaison with United Way for several years and helps at the Day of Caring Blood Drive with United Way in July. 

The Hardin County Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Don Castle of Ada. A board member, he is active in helping with special events, garnering financial support from the community whether it be for the annual Pancake Breakfast or Golf Outing.

The Hardin County Youth of the Year Award was presented to Upper Scioto Valley High School in McGuffey. Students, with assistance from staff member Deb Baker, held two blood drives in 2012, exceeding goals for both drives.

The Hardin County Organization of the Year Award was presented to the Forest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1182 in Forest. Kathy Cain was instrumental in establishing the blood drives at the post, along with coordinating volunteers to help at the drives.