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Red Cross Recalls Twenty Years of Daily Point of Light Award Winners
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Celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Daily Point of Light Award prompts a retrospective look at Daily Points of Light awarded to American Red Cross volunteers.
 
October 16, 2009

Since the creation of the Daily Point of Light Award in 1989, eight Red Cross volunteer groups have received the distinguished award. 

This photo depicts members of the 2005 American Red Cross of Central Florida Teen Corps receiving the Daily Point of Light Award from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer during an Orlando City Council meeting.
This photo depicts members of the 2005 American Red Cross of Central Florida Teen Corps receiving the Daily Point of Light Award from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer during an Orlando City Council meeting.
Photo credit: Central Florida Chapter

President Obama and former President George H.W. Bush are celebrating these Red Crossers, and more than 4,500 other Daily Point of Light Award winners today at a Presidential Forum on Service.

The Forum continues the Obama Administration’s United We Serve call to national service and honors President Bush’s support for community involvement.

Below are examples of the extraordinary service provided by Red Cross Daily Point of Light Award recipients.

American Red Cross of Central Florida Teen Corps

Daily Point of Light Award 3135 went to Orlando’s American Red Cross of Central Florida Teen Corps in 2005. More than 70 teenagers gave up sleeping in on Saturday mornings in favor of serving their community.

Training Corps members in emergency preparedness and response proved invaluable during the hurricane season. Members of the Central Florida Teen Corps conducted damage assessments, answered telephones to provide lifesaving information to callers, staffed disaster shelters and stocked emergency response vehicles.

American Red Cross Southwest Florida Youth Corps

Red Cross youth volunteers in Sarasota, Florida, received Daily Point of Light Award 2696 in 2004 for outstanding community service. These middle school and high school students, volunteers at the Southwest Florida Chapter, hosted a holiday party for military families, helped veterans’ widows and prepared gift packages for military. 

During the hurricane season, Sarasota youth volunteers entertained children staying at Red Cross shelters, and prepared and delivered thousands of meals to individuals affected by the storms.

Central Maryland Chapter Disaster Action Team

The strongest tornado ever recorded in southern Maryland destroyed La Plata’s Main Street, including the offices of the American Red Cross. Volunteers from across the state mobilized, including the Disaster Action Team of Baltimore’s Central Maryland Chapter, recipients of Daily Point of Light Award 2459 in 2003. Shelters were established and breakfast was prepared for thousands—that was just the first morning following the disaster.

During the previous twelve months, Central Maryland Chapter’s Disaster Action Team had responded to two or three home fires every day—for the year more than 800 local incidents serving more than 7,000 people. Team members were also among the first humanitarian aide workers to reach the Pentagon, Shanksville, PA, and the World Trade Center. Also that year members deployed to floods in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Texas; hurricanes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Guam; tornadoes in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, and western state wild fires, serving a total of nearly 5,500 days on major disasters.

East Shoreline Chapter of the American Red Cross

The East Shoreline Chapter in Bay City, Michigan, received Point of Light Award 1802. The chapter served as a clearing-house for the acquisition and distribution of toiletry and cleaning supplies collected by the community for gifting to families on assistance. 

At the time of the award, December 29, 2019, more than 200 volunteers worked to help 500 local families. The effort, known as Project Angel, engaged churches, youth groups, service clubs, small businesses, corporations and schools.

Following is a complete list of Daily Point of Light Awards received by Red Cross volunteers:

Partners for Youth Program, American Red Cross
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
Philadelphia, PA

East Shoreline Chapter of the American Red Cross
Bay City, MI

Disaster Action Team, American Red Cross
Central Maryland Chapter
Baltimore, MD

American Red Cross Southwest Florida Youth Corps
Southwest Florida Chapter
Sarasota, FL

Saint Mary’s Hall Red Cross Club
San Antonio Area Chapter
San Antonio, TX

American Red Cross of Central Florida Teen Corps
American Red Cross of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

American Red Cross Disaster Action Volunteer Team
Southeast Missouri Chapter
Cape Girardeau, MO

American Red Cross – DeSoto Branch
Southwest Florida Chapter
Arcadia, FL

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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