The Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross celebrated its 97th year of serving south Georgians Tuesday night.
At the group's annual meeting, Mike Shivok was honored as volunteer of the year. He's responded to help victims of more than 30 fires throughout the region already this year. Shivok said, "It's just a good feeling to be able to go out there and help people. I tell people, I says you know, it's a shame we work all our life, 12 or 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to have a bigger house, bigger car. When you get older, that doesn't mean anything anymore. It's what you can do for somebody else."
Over the last year, the chapter helped nearly one thousand victims of disasters, mainly fires, and handed out more than $150,000 worth of food, clothing, and other emergency aid.
Jack Windham was honored as the west region volunteer of the year. Taffey Bristol earned the award for the east region, and Terri Hightower was named administrative volunteer of the year.