Governor John Hickenlooper has declared March “American Red Cross Month” in Colorado. The annual celebration of Red Cross Month provides an opportunity to recognize everyday heroes in our state and to encourage the public to get involved.
“Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. “They are our selfless Red Cross volunteers, blood donors, and financial contributors who bring rescue to people facing life’s emergencies. During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our 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.
In celebration of Red Cross Month, local Red Cross chapters are honoring local community heroes at a series of Heroes events that started in February and will continue into April. The Red Cross will also honor everyday heroes during Red Cross Month by sharing the stories of local volunteers who touch lives through their Red Cross service.
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, 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 at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood everyday to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
In fiscal year 2015, the Red Cross responded to nearly 400 local emergencies in Colorado and Wyoming, assisted nearly 2,200 military families and trained more than 82,000 people in lifesaving skills.
“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” Greco said. “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke detectors and tell your neighbors to do the same. Or sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer, or make a financial donation.”
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 Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.