American Red Cross to salute Canton, Norfolk, Colton volunteers at annual event in Gouverneur
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:59 am

GOUVERNEUR -- Canton, Norfolk and Colton residents will be honored by the American Red Cross for their humanitarian efforts at the chapter’s annual Volunteer Salute on Wednesday.

A Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Randy Farmer of Canton for his work in St. Lawrence County.

The Blood Services Volunteer Award will be given to Angela Blair of Norfolk.

James Cayey, Colton, will receive the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award.

The American Red Cross of Northern New York will award several Red Cross volunteers and supporters from the region at 6 p.m. at Mullin’s Family Restaurant, U.S. Rt. 11.

Volunteers comprise 94 percent of the Northern New York Chapter’s workforce and the chapter’s success in delivering services to residents in St. Lawrence County is dependent on volunteers, the Red Cross said in a prepared statement.

“The Red Cross mission is to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors,” said Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the Northern New York Chapter. “We accomplish that mission only because of the dedication of our volunteers who make themselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in Northern New York.”

The American Red Cross has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for adults, youth and youth groups. To become a volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/ny/watertown/volunteer or call 782-4410.