Tampa, FL Monday, March 21, 2016…Isabel Hagerman is a mature 18 year-old whose heart is as vast as her intellect. As the first American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Youth Volunteer of the Year award recipient, Isabel gives her time and talent to a cause that is personal.
“I have some military members in my family and I know that they have a lot of struggles and I wanted to find a way to help them out,” said Isabel. “To me, it’s important to volunteer, to be able to give back since we are given so many opportunities to do whatever we want with our lives. It’s always nice to give some of your time and talent to help other people out because it’s the right thing to do.”
Isabel was presented the award by the American National Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Senior Vice President Koby Langley at a recent luncheon hosted by Holland America Lines.
Central Florida Regional Director for Service to Armed Forces Lou Rodriguez said that Isabel keeps everything running in the department. “She’s done so much for us here; it’s incredible for a young person to think the way she does and how organize she is,” said Rodriguez. “Everywhere you look in this department, Isabel has had an influence.”
Isabel will graduate this June as a Salutatorian from Lennard High School in Ruskin and has been accepted at Notre Dame forging a path to a medical degree.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.