A 91-year-old Urbandale man has been honored as the Iowa winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network's Salute to Senior ServiceSM award. Curtis Hedrick is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work at LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa, a not-for-profit organization that provides blood and blood products to more than 90 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The Salute to Senior Service program was launched this year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors' commitments to their causes and communities. As one of 50 state winners, Hedrick earned a spot in the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on the SalutetoSeniorService.com website where his nomination story also has been posted.
Nominators say Hedrick has exemplifies the mission of LifeServe Blood Center - to save lives in partnerships with the communities they serve. He not only has donated more than seven gallons of blood, he also transports blood and blood products to hospitals in the community and fills in volunteer gaps as needed.
"Curtis is a valued member of the community and a senior hero to many," said President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Huber of Home Instead, Inc. "He has shown that volunteer opportunities for older adults should not diminish because of age. Seniors such as Curtis are making important contributions to their communities through charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities."
As a state winner, Hedrick was considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award. The national award was presented to Clark Paradise of Lakewood, NJ, who was honored for his work with Your Grandmother's Cupboard, a nonprofit organization he and his wife founded to meet the needs of the thousands of homeless families throughout New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A $5,000 gift will be donated by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, to the Paradise's nonprofit charity of choice.
For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network's Salute to Senior Service program, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.