Mariah Gardner received the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award. This special award is given to high school or college students who helped organize blood drives at their schools, recruit blood donors, or are responsible for the success of a blood drive.
Gardner is a senior at Community High School. She made her first blood donation a few days before she was in an automobile accident and needed blood herself. She is a blood drive coordinator not only for her high school, but for blood drives throughout the area. As a blood recipient, Mariah understands the importance of donating blood. She takes her role seriously and uses her leadership skills to motivate others to donate blood.
The Tennessee Valley Region Donor Recruitment Department nominated numerous individuals, businesses and schools in 11 award categories. From those nominations, 24 award winners were selected.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment to donate.