During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.
“Please remember those who help all of us here in the Piedmont Triad by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said John R. Hughes, Regional CEO for the Heart of Carolina Region. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
The Heart of Carolina Region assisted 562 families during local emergencies; provided 3,445 services to military members and their families; trained nearly 20,000 people in lifesaving skills and collected more than 101,000 pints of blood from tens of thousands of blood donors. Additionally, our Rockingham County Chapter provides much needed food and necessities to more than 500 families each month through its food pantry. Together, we turn compassion into action with the support of more than 1,600 volunteers and through the generosity of our community.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” Hughes said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
The Heart of Carolina Region has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:
Friday, March 8 Salute to Heroes, campus of High Point University
Saturday, March 9 Give Me Shelter, Millennium Center
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.