The American Red Cross made Red Pump Elementary School student Kendall Marx an honorary member of its Harford County Board during the board's meeting in Bel Air on Oct. 17.
The third-grader was honored for her fundraising to assist the Red Cross disaster relief fund. Kendall was moved by last fall's suffering after Superstorm Sandy and collected money that helped the victims of that disaster.
After learning that the Red Cross on a daily basis also helps local families burned out of their homes, Kendall recently asked family and friends to support her fundraising in lieu of birthday gifts. She collected $300 for the organization.
Red Cross Harford County Board Chair Henry Godfrey and Vice Chair Jan Miles presented Kendall with a certificate of appreciation and proclaimed her an honorary board member.
"In this day and age when we worry so much about young people, this is a tribute to you and your family for caring deeply about other people," Miles said.
Noting that Red Cross disaster relief workers had recently helped the victims of two local fires as well as residents of an Abingdon senior housing complex evacuated in a recent emergency, Red Cross Emergency Services Director Catherine LeFleur called Kendall an "inspiration."
"The Red Cross had everything it needed to help those local families – resources for food, clothing and shelter – because of people like Kendall Marx" said Ms. LeFleur.
American Red Cross Chesapeake Regional CEO Scott R. Salemme was also on hand to honor Kendall, who attended the meeting with her mother, Meghan Marx, and little sister, Abigail.