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Clay honored for 30 years as a volunteer

Submitted photo Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco, Gary Clay and Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott.

ELKINS — A 30-year volunteer for the American Red Cross has been honored with a City of Elkins proclamation.

Gary Clay has served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia American Red Cross, and has also served as the chair of the United Way of Randolph County Board of Directors.

“The American Red Cross celebrated 140 years of serving communities across the country on May 21,” the City of Elkins proclamation reads. “This is an opportunity to recognize the tirelessness of the Red Cross mission and the people who make it possible.

“Here in Randolph County, local families have relied on local volunteers for comfort and hope while coping with home fires, floods and more. Over the last five years, the American Red Cross has assisted the residents of Randolph County by assisting more than 50 families who experienced a home fire, installed more than 800 free smoke alarms to make homes safer, collected nearly 900 units of lifesaving blood and supported over 70 military members, veterans and their families.

“The American Red Cross would like to recognize the tireless dedication and commitment to Gary Clay, a Elkins and Randolph County resident who is celebrating his 30th year as a Red Cross volunteer,” the proclamation reads.

“Gary currently serves as the Board Chair for the Regional Board of the Central Appalachia Region of the American Red Cross, Board Member for the Greater Allegheny Chapter, a Community Volunteer Leader and the face of the Red Cross in Randolph County,” it continues. “Gary is a true leader in the City of Elkins, Randolph County and across the State of West Virginia. Today, we honor him for his service and volunteerism.

Krista Farley Raines, the Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross Central Appalachia Region, wrote in a letter to Mayor Jerry Marco, “We really appreciate your support of the Red Cross and providing the opportunity to recognize Gary Clay for his thirty years as a Red Cross volunteer as well as his efforts in Elkins and Randolph County. So excited to surprise him with this.”

In an Inter-Mountain article published when he was named chairman of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia American Red Cross in 2016, Clay said, “I really believe in what the Red Cross does. To be able to serve at the Board level and represent the Red Cross and spread the word for the things they do is a great thing. It’s a great organization to support with time, money and effort — they make a huge difference in our communities.”

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