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Shana’s Service
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Red Cross
May 22, 2008

Shana Johnson is a Navy wife, the mother of pre-school children, and at age 25, has been a Red Cross volunteer for 13 years.  From a military family herself, Shana is passionate about involving young volunteers living on military installations in Red Cross Service to Armed Forces programs. 

Shana served as a Red Cross volunteer at the Army Hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Still a minor and living at Camp Zama, Japan, Shana created an unprecedented youth volunteer program that partnered 60 Navy dependent teens with the Japanese Junior Red Cross.

As a youth volunteer, Shana’s creativity elevated her to the national level.  She served as a member of the National Youth Council, a group of young volunteers who advise on the development and implementation of youth programs.  While a member of the Council Shana authored a new youth involvement section of the guidebook used around the world to advise military and their families about available Red Cross services. 

Currently Shana is a volunteer analyst and subject matter expert for the Ready When the Time Comes national pilot program.  The program has already developed more than 100 new partnerships between the American Red Cross and corporations across the nation, and trained 3,500 employees of those corporations to serve as volunteers in the event of a disaster in their community.

Shana’s husband serves in the United States Navy.  He has been deployed to Iraq twice in his first four years of active duty.  During his first tour Shana was expecting their first child; during his second tour she finished graduate school.  Throughout, Shana has continued as a Red Cross volunteer, demonstrating hands-on support for military members and their families. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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