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03/09/04

Low Country Volunteer Honored by Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps so many people in so many ways, and they couldn't do it without volunteers. The Bluffton branch honored one of them, Ted Druhot, with its prestigious Clara Burton Award.

After years of upper management at hospitals, Druhot's not finding retirement to be very boring. "When you help someone that's in distress, that's suffering extreme anxiety, that needs help and you have the opportunity to give them some sort of assistance, you really feel the rewards immediately," he said.

For the past eight years, he's been volunteering with the Red Cross, serving many different capacities. For all that work, Druhot's been recognized as the best volunteer in the Palmetto State. "We're a volunteer-led organization, and this is a good example of the type of volunteer we have," said the organization's Jacki Davidson. "All of my volunteers are wonderful."

Whether it's working Ground Zero in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks or helping coordinate hurricane evacuations from afar, Druhot says it's all about finding your own niche. "We all have things to give, a little bit or a lot," he told us. "I don't have much money, but I have a lot of time. So I contribute my time and the extent of my talents in the mission of the Red Cross."

Druhot serves on several state-level boards, and also helps find candidates to serve on the Red Cross' national board of directors.

The Palmetto chapter also can claim the state's best disaster volunteer. That award went to Julie Dimitrov.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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