Friday, May 11, 2012

Helping neighbors in need earns student recognition

To be a “hero” can be as simple as reaching out to a neighbor in need - so that’s exactly what 11-year-old Destiny Sarno did.

And she is now being recognized for her hard work.

The N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2012 Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service to five recipients from Union County.

This year, Destiny is among the recipients being honored. She is recognized for her service as a volunteer with the American Red Cross Union County Chapter.

At the Red Cross, Destiny volunteers with the annual Heroes campaign - a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign that raises money to support local needs for disaster relief, health and safety education.

Destiny pledged to raise $1,000 during the campaign period. By sending emails, letters, notes and hosting mini events, she was able to exceed her goal and raise $1,500.

This was enough money to assist two families.

This marks the 34th consecutive year of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Each year, the award highlights people who have shown compassion for their neighbors by making a contribution to their community through volunteer service.

Other 2012 Governor’s Award recipients include: Teresa and Jeff Weis; and John, Jill, Kelli, Micah and Caroline Fagala (you can read a Young Achievers story about the Fagalas at

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Photo: Destiny Sarno stands with Sheila Crunkleton, Union County community executive for the American Red Cross. Photo courtesy of Jerri Haigler.