The American Red Cross of Illinois celebrates the everyday heroes in our communities and honors their acts of great bravery, dedication, and service through their annual Heroes Breakfast event. As the sponsor of the 2021 Global Citizenship Hero Award, Walgreens makes it possible for the Red Cross to serve more than 12.4 million people across the 88 counties in the Illinois region. The event also serves as a way for the organization to highlight essential partnerships with corporate leaders like Walgreens that make their lifesaving work possible.
As a health care provider, Walgreens supports individuals in all communities across our country and appreciates the opportunity to support the Red Cross’ efforts to protect life and health, and to ensure respect for everyone. Walgreens is a national sponsor of the Red Cross Blood Donation program, provides support and product donations for emergency response, and invites their customers and teammates to consider donating to disaster recovery.
Walgreens sponsored the 2021 Global Citizenship Hero Award because as a member of Walgreens Boots Alliance, with 450,000 teammates in more 25 countries, they recognize the impact that heroes have across diverse regions and international borders. Josh Hoyt, the 2021 Global Citizenship Hero Award recipient, has dedicated most of his adult life to serving immigrant communities in Illinois and across the country.
Throughout his long career, Josh has worked to enable the voices of many, including the undocumented immigrant population, and has fought for access to healthcare, education and for a path to legal status. In 2012, he became the founding director of the National Partnership for New Americans which is comprised of immigrant right organizations from all over the country. Josh has also advocated to remove barriers that make it difficult for legal immigrants to become citizens, which includes the cost of the application that many are unable to afford. Josh, who retired in 2020, has served as a mentor to many who now continue carrying the torch of community activism.
Learn more about the 2021 Red Cross Heroes and sponsors, and how you can help here.