Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kathy Doran Recognized for SAF Commitment

Pictured: Kathy Doran (c) with l-r: SAF Mid-Atlantic Division Director Kathy LaFleur, Division Manager Amy Green, Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Regional CEO Ellen Kyzer, and Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Chapter Board Chair Patrick Ball.

Kathy Doran, Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Regional Program Manager, was presented with the SAF Legacy Award during the Region’s All Staff Meeting held in Hershey on Thursday, November 12, 2015. SAF Mid-Atlantic Division Director Kathy LaFleur and Division Manager Amy Green made the trip from Washington to personally recognize Kathy for her “dedicated service to the United States Armed Forces serving in support of the military operations in South Korea.”

While most people know Kathy for her extraordinary dedication to the Red Cross here in Central Pennsylvania, her commitment to the organization and – more specifically – to the SAF Program goes much deeper. For close to 25 years, Kathy has served as a volunteer, and now an employee, of The American Red Cross. She is always the first to arrive and the last to leave any event. Her calm demeanor, warm smile, and willingness to do whatever needs to be done is an inspiration to all who have the privilege to work alongside her.

“Frankly, I have many great memories – the people I have met, the places I have seen, and the ability to support our brave military. What a great job I have,” stated Kathy Doran when discussing her role with SAF.

Over the years Kathy has served on many bases both stateside and abroad – including two tours in South Korea, making a huge impact in the lives of our active military, veterans, and their families.

“I honestly appreciate being given this opportunity. It is truly an honor to serve in this capacity,” she noted.

The Red Cross’ legacy of service to members of the military began with Clara Barton providing comfort on the battlefields during the American Civil War. Since then, American Red Cross staff and volunteers have served in every major military combat or conflict operation around the world. They are among a select group who have proudly worn the Red Cross emblem to provide care and comfort to members of the United States Armed Forces, their families, and our veterans.

The Legacy Project honors and recognizes the legacy of Red Cross staff and volunteers who have served side-by-side with members of the United States Armed Forces. Since the program’s inception in 2010, the Red Cross has received nearly 500 nominations. The stories and memories many of these people bring are an opportunity for the Red Cross to engage the families and individuals who share the distinct experience of serving alongside members of the military during conflicts, wars, and humanitarian operations.