American Red Cross volunteer Amy Maria Kimling Koenig is leading by example when it comes to giving back to your community. She is an active Red Cross blood donor, former Red Cross qualified lifeguard, and maintains her certifications for Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED. As a human resources professional in Los Angeles you would think she has no time for other things – and there you’re wrong.
Amy recently competed in the Mrs. California-America pageant, held in Palm Springs in mid-June.
Koenig, a 33-year old native of Trinidad and Tobago, is very active in the community, urging others to donate blood to help patients in need. After losing some of her close family members in her homeland who needed blood after an emergency, she knows what can happen when there is not enough blood to go around. This event strengthened her resolve to help those in need.
Amy became a regular blood donor as a 20-year-old college student after learning one pint of blood could save up to three lives. Since then, she has lead volunteer efforts while creating a sense of urgency for others to donate blood.
“I will continue donating blood and showing my support to the Red Cross,” said Koenig. “The simple truth is I feel that I’m truly making a difference in the world, one pint at a time,”
Amy has donated blood 20 times in the past 13 years and looks to continue to help support the Red Cross through her donations for many years to come.
Amy hopes motivate others to get out and volunteer wherever they can.
“My life experiences have given me a passion to help others and I will continue to offer my time and support to the Red Cross,” said Koenig. “This helps give me purpose.”
Donors of all blood types are needed now. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).