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Geno Shirey, February KIND Winner 

The Alabama Mississippi and Region proudly announces its monthly recipient the KIND Award: a volunteer that is K(knowledgeable) I(involved) N (notable) D(dedicated). For the month of February, the award has been given to Geno Shirey representing the North Alabama Chapter.

Geno resides in Decatur and has been involved with the Red Cross for over 12 years serving in Disaster Cycle Services. His roles volunteer roles include working as a Casework Supervisor, Mass Care Supervisor an ERV Driver and Shelter Support Coordinator. He decided to begin working with the Red Cross to help his local community in times of disaster. Gino enjoys serving as a member of the Disaster Action Team and assisting clients affected by home fires. Additionally, he has deployed over 10 times for disaster relief.

Geno truly has a heart for serving others! When he is not offering his time and talents to the Red Cross, he enjoys volunteering with Baptist Disaster Relief where he assists with feeding, clean up and debris removal.

He is retired from the 3M Company where he served as a chemist. Geno is definitely NOT a typical retiree! He leads a very healthy lifestyle. He is very active within his local church and enjoys woodworking when he is not volunteering.

“Geno has always been a faithful and dedicated volunteer, but recently he has put in extra efforts and a great deal of time as Casework Supervisor and now our RC Caseworker Supervisor Reviewer!  His positive attitude and team spirit is an asset to the Red Cross.” Khris Anderson Executive Director North Alabama

“Good Volunteers are hard to come by that are long-lasting and faithful to the mission.  He has been with the Red Cross for over 16 years.  Geno has served as a DAT member for many years and DAT Captain.  He has volunteered in logistics, damage assessment, sheltering, fundraising, supported board activities and more. Geno has deployed over 15 times on Disaster Relief Operations (DROs).   Geno is affiliated with the Southern Baptist kitchen.  When he is deployed with them, he still looks out for the Red Cross and ensures both organizations mission is fulfilled. He has taken the lead and his current support is helping us in NAL with updating our shelters which is a big undertaking. Geno did not have to take this on but asked what was our greatest needed and took this project on.  I certainly appreciate all that he has done and is doing to support the Red Cross mission.” Shirley Crutcher, Disaster Program Manager, North Alabama

On behalf of the Alabama Mississippi Region, congratulations to Geno on being selected as the February recipient of the KIND Award.

We appreciate your service to the Red Cross mission.

Written by: Amy Cottrell

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