Volunteer Recognized For 60 Years Of Service 6-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Volunteer Recognized For 60 Years Of Service 6-08-2010

A local woman who has volunteered for the American Red Cross for six decades has been recognized for her service.
“I can’t believe it’s that long,” said Lorraine Arndt. “The days keep going, but I’ve always been busy.”
Lorraine Arndt has been busy helping out the American Red Cross since the 1940s.
Arndt joined the group during World War II and said she blames her mother. “Back then I was a teenager,” said Arndt. “My mother was in the Red Cross at the time, so when she came here to do her job, she dragged me along with her, so while I was here, I joined.”
The 83-year-old said she spent a lot of time doing paperwork. Arndt admits she especially enjoyed meeting with and filling out papers for armed service vets.
She managed to donate hours to the organization while she and her husband raised four boys. “I did lots of work in the evening,” said Arndt. “On weekends I didn’t do too much because I had to be home with those boys.”
On Tuesday, Arndt was awarded a 60 year pin and certificate from the Red Cross. She downplayed her volunteer efforts, but said she appreciates the recognition.
Arndt said she does have a message for others who are thinking about volunteering for a good cause. She said volunteering is fulfilling and all she wanted to do was set an example for her boys.
“I enjoyed what I was doing,” said Arndt. “Anything to help, I just did it.”
Arndt did most of her service at the Bay Osteopathic Hospital and later at Bay Medical Center for the Red Cross.
She continues to help with office work.
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