American Red Cross and Coulee Region Volunteers of the Year

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of the American public to help those in need.  That means your donations, along with local volunteers,  are what make their mission possible.

John and Sylvia Allen have been American Red Cross Volunteers since 2001.  Their first deployment to a disaster relief area was to help with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Since then the two of them have been deployed 12 different times.

This year they were recognized as Outstanding Coulee Region Volunteers.  But, they say there’s no reason to be recognized, it’s really the people they serve that keep them going.

“To give them a head start, just a footing on life when they have very little to cling to after a real disaster it’s wonderful,” said John Allen.

97 percent of people who do work on any given American Red Cross response are volunteers.

“They don’t have a house, they don’t have a roof they’re sleeping in shelters and they don’t have their clothes. They have nothing. Many times what they can get from the Red Cross is their very first beginning,” said Sylvia Allen.

Because of medical reasons the Allens can no longer be deployed, but they help out locally where they can.