My Red Cross Story
My Red Cross Story by Sabrina Rush
My story is probably similar to most, as I became a Red Cross volunteer when I was 15. It changed my life, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity.
At 15, I was not sure what the Red Cross did. I knew they had blood drives and had some involvement when big disasters happened, but I had no idea the extent of the organization. When I heard about the Red Cross Youth Board at my local chapter, the Augusta (GA) Chapter, I just thought of it as a great way to help my community. I had no idea that I would end up becoming a “Red Cross lifer.” So I applied. I was accepted, and immediately jumped at any chance to volunteer. That included attending, and later, teaching, leadership conferences. It meant serving the community at different events, whether by having a First Aid/ CPR table or simply helping out with different tasks.
I fell in love with the Red Cross work and the people of the organization. I was amazed by the diversity on the Youth Board, but at the same time was able to see that we all had something in common. We wanted to serve our community, and we chose the Red Cross to do so. I have grown to learn that Red Crossers are a special breed, and I am so very proud to be one of them.
The Red Cross seemed to be my niche and the perfect outlet from my school work. I love that I am now able to represent volunteers at the national level, and I hope to continue my Red Cross work for the rest of my life. Like I said, I am a “Red Cross lifer “ now!
To read my bio, click here.
*The above story is part of the National Youth Council’s new monthly blog. We will feature a different member’s Red Cross Story or current volunteer work each month.*