Ruth Allen of Westminster, blood services volunteer...

VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK

January 31, 1993

Ruth Allen of Westminster, blood services volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross of Carroll County, has been given a special citation by the Central Maryland region of the organization for exceptional volunteer service.

Mrs. Allen, who has worked with the organization for 31 years, organizes volunteers for blood drives throughout Carroll County

and also does clerical work in the office.

Organization's comments: Amy Gaver, staff specialist at the county's American Red Cross office, said Mrs. Allen has the tenacity and patience needed to manage droves of volunteers for blood drives around the county.

"She has to do a lot of listening," Ms. Gaver said, to recruit and schedule several hundred volunteers, all with their own schedules and needs. "She has a very kind heart."

Also, Ms. Gaver said, "She does office time, and she fills in at health fairs. That makes a big difference in the work load for the

rest of us."

Volunteer's comments: Watching "Dialing for Dollars" on TV one day in 1961, Mrs. Allen said, she heard an appeal for Red Cross volunteers.

"I thought, 'Well, I can do that.'

"It's a pleasure because I can see the results of what we're doing."

When someone who has received blood calls back to say thanks, she said, "It really makes you feel good."

Mrs. Allen said having been a volunteer for so long makes her a better coordinator: "I know what the volunteers need and what they have to contend with."

The biggest challenge ahead is meeting the county's growing need for blood, she said.

Background: Mrs. Allen, 70, and her husband, Thomas, have one son and three grandchildren, and are awaiting the birth of their first great-grandchild this summer.

Mrs. Allen also likes to do hand work, and she collects for various charities.

To nominate someone, call 751-7900 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office

at 751-7916.

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