Celebrate Red Cross Month - Be a Hero for the Red Cross
March 22, 2013 – March is Red Cross Month, a time to herald the enduring spirit of the American Red Cross – channeled through an extended family of volunteers, donors, partners and employees who help to fulfill the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. The Pioneer Valley Chapter is very grateful to all those who have donated their time, money, and effort in our endless crusade to help those in need.
Red Cross Month is a time to celebrate volunteers and donors and it is also a time to raise funds to support the many services provided by the Red Cross. During Red Cross Month, the Pioneer Valley Chapter will hold and participate in several fundraising and outreach activities designed to engage the community as well as promote philanthropy and humanitarianism. Events include the Annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast on March 28th, participation in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke on March 18, disaster volunteer trainings, community outreach, and ongoing Hands Only CPR and other Health and Safety classes.
March 1 marks the start of the Chapter’s, “I’m a Hero for Red Cross” campaign. Local businesses will participate by offering their customers the opportunity to donate $1 to the Red Cross. Everyone that donates $1 to the campaign will receive a “hero tag” on which to sign his or her name. The “hero tags” will then be displayed at the business for the duration of the campaign. The “I’m a Hero for Red Cross” campaign will run throughout the month of March. Participating businesses include:
Hampden Savings Bank, 19 Harrison Avenue
La Fiorentina Pastry Shop, 883 Main Street
Donut Dip, 1305 Riverdale Street
A.W. Brown’s, 144 Shaker Road
Shaker Bowl, 168 Shaker Rd
Visual Changes, 35 Harkness Ave
Armata’s Market, 901 Shaker Road
Brightwood Hardware, 794 Williams Street
Kiddly Winks, 801 Williams Street
Soccer City, 2041 Boston Road
Village Food Mart, 43 Somers Road
Atkin’s Farms, 1150 West Street
Foster's Supermarket, Inc., 70 Allen Street
World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main Street
Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse, 631 Center Street
Jeffrey's Suit Rack, 287 East Street
Deals and Steals, 76 Pleasant Street
Package Store, 12 College Hwy
For more information, visit www.redcross.org/cwm or call 413-737-4306 ext. 1917.
Individuals interested in donating to the “I’m a Hero for Red Cross” campaign can mail a tax deductible contribution, made payable to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter, to 506 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cwm or join our blog at http://masslive.com/red-cross-connection or http://americanredcrossofcentralma.wordpress.com/.