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.
“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,” said Todd James, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties], “These Everyday Heroes help to create hope at a time of disaster, provide lifesaving blood, support and comfort members of the armed forces and their families, and react with skilled training when needed.”
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.
In our communities, the Hancock County Chapter provided relief to over 400 people affected by disaster, assisted more than 400 military families and trained thousands of people in lifesaving skills last year alone. Sixteen local Red Cross volunteers also assisted in relief efforts across the country, traveling to Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana to help following Hurricane Isaac and to New Jersey and New York to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
“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,” James 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.” To sign up, call 419.422.9322 or visit redcross.org/hancock.
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 given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.
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 www.redcross.org/hancock, join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hancockcountyredcross and follow us on Twitter @HancockRedCross.