During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.
“Please remember those who need our help and support the Red Cross by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class or giving blood,” said Bev Morlan, executive director, American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter. “We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us help people here at home, across the United States and around the world.”
March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, 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 more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in south-central Kansas, the Midway-Kansas Chapter responded to nearly 300 local emergencies, assisted more than 500 military families and trained nearly 49,000 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 115,000 units of blood.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission,” Morlan said. “Their kindness will enable us to continue our work, both here at home and across the globe.”
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 the people Red Cross helps.
The Red Cross has a number of ways people can be involved for Red Cross Month:
Become a volunteer – Starting March 5, Red Cross is offering three unique volunteer opportunities. Free training will be offered to teach potential volunteers how to respond to local or national disasters. They can also become digital engagement volunteers by learning how to use tradition and digital media to share emergency messages. Participants can enroll at www.midwaykansas.redcross.org.
Give blood – Every two seconds, someone will need a lifesaving transfusion of donated blood. During Red Cross Month, you can save up to three lives with your one donation of blood. The process is easy, safe and rewarding. Potential donors can find a blood drive near them or make an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
Take a CPR and first aid class – Throughout March, Red Cross is teaching people how to become everyday heroes by saving lives using CPR or first aid. Participants will learn how to respond to a medical emergency until advanced medical help arrives. To register for a CPR and first aid class visit www.redcross.org/training.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.