Celebrate Red Cross Month in Central & Western MA

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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.

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:

Springfield

Hampden Savings Bank, 19 Harrison Avenue

La Fiorentina Pastry Shop, 883 Main Street

West Springfield

Donut Dip, 1305 Riverdale Street

East Longmeadow

A.W. Brown’s, 144 Shaker Road

Shaker Bowl, 168 Shaker Rd

Visual Changes, 35 Harkness Ave

Longmeadow

Armata’s Market, 901 Shaker Road

Brightwood Hardware, 794 Williams Street

Kiddly Winks, 801 Williams Street

Wilbraham

Soccer City, 2041 Boston Road

Hampden

Village Food Mart, 43 Somers Road

Amherst

Atkin’s Farms, 1150 West Street

Greenfield

Foster's Supermarket, Inc., 70 Allen Street

World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main Street

Ludlow

Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse, 631 Center Street

Jeffrey's Suit Rack, 287 East Street

Northampton

Deals and Steals, 76 Pleasant Street

Southampton

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/.