March is Red Cross Month and the organization is encouraging people to discover their inner hero by giving time to help a neighbor, prepare for emergencies, take a First Aid and CPR class, or make a financial or blood donation.
Here’s five ways you can join in this effort:
1. Give blood. Many blood drives were cancelled the first six weeks of winter because of the weather. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
2. Take a Red Cross First Aid and CPR class and learn lifesaving skills at www.redcross.org.
3. Become a Red Cross volunteer. More than 90% of our workforce is volunteers. Since Jan.1 our volunteers helped more than 1,000 people in our 13-county region after home fires. They also taught First Aid classes, hosted blood drives, visited with military member and veterans and much more. Get started here: www.redcross.org/support/volunteer.
4. Help make preparedness a personal priority by being prepared for disasters and other life-threatening emergencies. Download the Red Cross apps for First Aid, tornadoes and more at www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.
5. Make a donation to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org. Your gift will help those affected by a disaster; support the Armed Services, Veterans and their families; teach lifesaving First Aid and CPR skills; collect, test and supply blood across the nation; and allow us to partner in International disease prevention and relief services.
The Red Cross was also selected by the Chicago Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) as part of its exterior lighting program for buildings in the city to light up red during the month of March.
For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
Here in the greater Chicago region, the Red Cross responded to 1,200 local emergencies, assisted 7,000 military members and veterans, and trained 70,000 to be certified in First Aid and CPR. People from this area also donated hundreds of blood units. 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.