Lowcountry Red Cross celebrates 101 years of service

. - The American Red Cross Lowcountry Chapter celebrated 101 years of volunteer service to the community Sunday.

Workers and volunteers took a day to relax at Palmetto Islands County Park to grill out and gave out its annual awards.

"We've had a lot of disasters in South Carolina and across the country and our volunteers are the reason the Red Cross mission works," Lowcountry Red Cross executive director Amanda Baldwin said.

"They do so much and we couldn't operate without them," Lowcountry Red Cross volunteer manager Carly Fountain said. "I get to work with people who want to help other people. I cant think of a better job."

Volunteers make up 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. It has more than 1,300 volunteers across nine counties.

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One of those volunteers is Anthony Thomas. He won the Volunteer of the Year award for the Lowcountry chapter Sunday afternoon.

"There's a lot of help needed across the United States that brings people together," Thomas said. "I do a lot of different things thanks to the great staff that surrounds me."

He's in his second year of service and said the reason for getting started was simply to make a difference in his community.

"It doesn't seem like going out and working, it seems like enjoying and seeing people smile," Thomas said, adding that the Red Cross family is always looking to expand.

"If anyone wants to learn how to be a volunteer, we have training all the time," Baldwin said.

"Even if it's one day once a month or once a week, we should all go out and help somebody else because we're all put here to help one another," Thomas said.

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