National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Shirley Warner

National Volunteer week is April 7th – April 13th, which means a lot to us at the American Red Cross because volunteers make up 90 percent of our workforce! Our volunteers are the true muscle behind the Red Cross. With endless compassion and dedication, Red Cross volunteers give us the valuable gift of their time as they help us achieve our mission day in and day out. That is why we wanted to highlight two volunteers from our Eastern Pennsylvania Region every day this Monday through Friday. 

We would like to take this time to honor Donor Ambassador Shirley Warner, who proves that the desire to volunteer has nothing to do with the number of candles on your birthday cake. Warner was nominated by Penn-Jersey Blood Region Volunteer Manager Ernie Anziano, who had this to say about her: 

“Shirley Warner started her volunteer career with the American Red Cross on December 7th, 1941, the day of the Pearl Harbor attack, at the age of 17.  Shirley began helping the Red Cross financially by dressing “mummies” in military & Red Cross uniforms for display in shopping store windows and standing on the street in uniform with posters and Red Cross donation boxes.  Shirley did this from 1941 to 1945, then married in 1946 and had children.   

Shirley resumed volunteering for the American Red Cross in 1956 specifically for Blood Services in Glen Falls, NY after raising her family. In 1959,  Shirley and her family then moved to Columbia, SC where Shirley continued to volunteer for Blood Services there until 1966. At this time she moved back to our area where she continued volunteering for Blood Services to 1970, when she moved back to Columbia, SC where she resumed volunteering for Blood Services there until 1993.  Shirley then moved back to our area to Exton where she continued volunteering for Blood Services to the present time.

Shirley, who will be 95 in June, continues to be extremely active with the American Red Cross, even scheduling for a drive as I was interviewing her by phone for this article!  Many sites, including AGI, ACG, & XL Insurance, specially request Shirley’s both warm & dynamic presence at their drives.” 

Thank you, Shirley! 

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