Governor Declares March “Red Cross Month” in Colorado

Governor proclamation
The Red Cross in Colorado has continued strong for nearly 100 years because the Red Cross is made up of everyday people coming together to make a difference – it’s neighbor helping neighbor. --Gino Greco

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed March “Red Cross Month” in Colorado, in keeping with a national tradition. During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the many everyday heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

“The Red Cross in Colorado has continued strong for nearly 100 years because the Red Cross is made up of everyday people coming together to make a difference – it’s neighbor helping neighbor,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Mile High Region. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – the volunteers, 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.

Local chapters in Colorado have a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:

RED CROSS MILE HIGH CHAPTER BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

WHAT: An award ceremony honoring local heroes and celebrating “Colorado Overcomes: Together We Triumph Over Tragedy”

WHEN: 7:30-9 a.m., Friday, March 8

WHERE: Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, Denver

RED CROSS “DAY AT THE CAPITOL” AND LEGISLATIVE CPR SESSIONS

WHAT: Red Cross instructors will teach legislators and their staff how to save a life using hands-only CPR

WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 – CPR Sessions occur at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

WHERE: Colorado State Capitol building, Old Supreme Court Chambers, room 220

PIKES PEAK CHAPTER HOMETOWN HEROES CELEBRATION

WHAT: A dinner and award ceremony recognizing local individuals who have made a difference through their individual acts of courage

WHEN: 6-8 p.m, Thursday, March 21

WHERE: Antler’s Hilton, 4 South Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs

DCP MIDSTREAM RED CROSS MONTH $20,000 CHALLENGE

WHAT: DCP Midstream will match all donations to the American Red Cross during the month of March, up to $20,000

WHEN: All donations during the month of March are eligible

WHERE: Donations can be made online at www.redcross.org/Colorado; during the day of the event at the Breakfast of Champions; by calling 1-800-REDCROSS; or by mailing a check to the Red Cross Mile High Region, 444 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203

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.

Here in the Colorado, local Red Cross chapters responded to more than 400 local emergencies, assisted more than 3,000 military families and trained more than 70,000 people in lifesaving skills last year.

“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,” Greco said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, 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.

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.