Payson Man Honored By State Red Cross

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Roxy Bowers of Payson has received the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter's Bill Bombeck Award, which is named after the chapter's most distinguished disaster volunteer who served in many capacities for more than 25 years.

Bowers is quick to respond to disaster calls and help his neighbors in need. He has helped develop relationships with partner agencies in Gila County. Bowers has devoted hours of time to ensure the success of all Red Cross activities.

"He's made the Rim team highly functional through his time, expertise, mentoring, guidance, enthusiasm and advocacy," said mass care chair, Jerry Van Rennes. "He is a role model who consistently goes beyond the call of duty."

Red Cross volunteers touch the lives of Arizonans every day. They help people impacted by disaster. They train people to save lives. They keep Arizona military families connected by relaying critical messages around the world. They make our community a safer place.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization, making up 96-percent of our work force. During our last fiscal year, volunteers gave more than 117,000 hours of service potentially saving the chapter more than $2 million.

Bowers was presented the award when Red Cross volunteers were honored at the annual volunteer recognition event held at Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale on Saturday, April 26. Each award recipient has demonstrated energy, persistence and knowledge to fulfill the mission of the Red Cross, which is to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters or emergencies.

The American Red Cross was founded May 21, 1881.

About the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross is where people in Arizona come together to help each other every day. The volunteer-led organization serves more than 4.4 million people in communities across Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. Red Cross volunteers provide disaster relief to their neighbors affected by disasters, emergency assistance to members of the Armed Forces, preparedness and safety education to families and businesses, and international communications assistance for refugees. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on the generosity of our Arizona neighbors in the forms of time, money and blood to do its work.

To make a financial donation, enroll for a lifesaving skills course, register to volunteer, request disaster assistance or Armed Forces emergency assistance, contact your local American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter by visiting www.arizonaredcross.org or calling (602) 336-6660.

To give blood, visit www.givelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

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