In memory: Area volunteer helped thousands

The thousands of people who met Donna Meder may have never even had the chance to know her name.

An American Red Cross volunteer for 15 years, Meder was on the scene after fires, floods, hurricanes and the horrific attack on the United States in New York City in 2001. She died on Monday in her Stockton home at 78.

She, along with her husband, Charlie, have been synonymous with caring for others in great times of need. Last month, the couple was recognized by the organization that took so much of their time.

The Meders received the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Amy King, and were named the chapter’s 2012 volunteers of the year for Chautauqua County. “This award has been presented to many deserving individuals in the past, and this year is no exception,” said Bill Tucker, executive director for the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York. “It is an honor to recognize volunteers as dedicated as the Meders for their years of service.”

Our region was lucky to have her dedication and caring ways. All of those she assisted – even for only seconds in those times of need – were lucky too.