Red Cross volunteer  Nancy McKenney

Nancy McKenney has responded to more than 100 local and national disasters

Onida resident Nancy McKenney was honored for 30 years of American Red Cross volunteer service during a recognition event on Monday.

“This is a significant milestone,” said Richard Smith, Executive Director for the Red Cross serving Central and Western South Dakota. “Nancy gives so much of her time and is truly a gift to the Red Cross and the people she helps.”

McKenney became a volunteer in 1992 because she “wanted to help people.” Since then, she has volunteered on more than 100 local and national disasters – including home fires, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes – continuing her quest to help others. “I’ve loved every minute of it,” said McKenney.

“We’re so grateful for Nancy’s dedication to the mission of the Red Cross,” added Smith.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Our volunteers ensure that the Red Cross fulfills its mission in our region, which serves 7.2 million people in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, visit