Did you know that March is Red Cross Month?
“Red Cross Month is a time to recognize the ongoing work of the American Red Cross and the individuals that make our work possible. These individuals – the blood donor, the CPR trainee, the volunteer who shows up to respond to a home fire in the middle of the night – are the everyday heroes of the Red Cross, making a difference in communities across the United States and throughout the world.
This March, join with the Red Cross and celebrate the everyday heroes in your community.”
Red Cross Month was started back in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in support of fundraising efforts to respond to needs brought on by World War II. The American Red Cross responds to over 700,000 natural disasters per year. This includes providing shelter, food, emotional support, and other items needed to people affected. They offer 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans, and family members. They also collect and distribute more than 40% of this country’s blood supply. And more than 9 million people across the United States receive American Red Cross training in first aid, water safety, and other skills every year.
The American Red Cross is not a government agency; they rely on donations to do everything they do – donations of time, money, and blood. Your generosity helps provide life-changing and often lifesaving services down the street, across the country, and around the world. Show your support during Red Cross Month, because moments of hope are made possible by people like you.
How can you participate? Check out the American Red Cross’ website to learn what you can do!