Edie Grace has a wonderful heart for giving and as parents, nothing makes us more proud. Today, WTOC TV’s Dal Cannady and the American Red Cross recognized Edie Grace for her volunteer efforts, along with eleven other youth from the area. It was a impressively, deserving group of young adults. We are grateful and honored that the American Red Cross selected Edie Grace as one of these Youth Hero’s for 2016. Below is the complete press release.
The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia hosted the 4th Annual Youth Heroes Awards Breakfast this morning at Natural Resources Building on the campus of Ogeechee Technical College. Hosted during National Volunteer Month, a total of twelve middle and high school students from Southeast Georgia will be recognized for extending their hearts and hands in volunteer work. The Youth Hero honorees are Chloe Branch, Hannah Clay, Edie Grace Grice, Maddie Laesser, Ashlyn Lanier, Austin Moore, Jonah Jones, Madison Patrick, Brian Perez, Taylor Soles, Elizabeth Wiggins and Emily Wiggins.
Youth volunteers or “Volunteers in their Younger Years” benefit communities in several ways. A study of youth development indicates that youth volunteers are twice as likely to get better grades in school, twenty-five percent more likely to positively contribute to their family and community and twice as likely to continue their volunteer efforts as adults. Through volunteer initiatives, young people also adopt adult mentors who lead by example, serve as a source of guidance and inspire young adults to achieve their goals with confidence. In this way communities gain a generation of young people who care about where they live and who are willing to make commitments.
Volunteers make up 98% of the American Red Cross workforce nationwide and play a critical role bringing help and hope to victims of disasters. Proceeds from the Youth HEROES event will benefit the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross’ volunteer programs and emergency services. Partners of this event will not only further the mission of the Red Cross, but will also help in publicly thanking the young heroes.
Please join the American Red Cross in recognizing these deserving youth who respond to challenges every day in their community and rise above those challenges by becoming volunteers who are strengthening the world for future generations.