The American Red Cross is marking Red Cross month this March by recognizing the nation’s Everyday Heroes – those who give of themselves and in some way help their community.
The Red Cross thanks its heroes during Red Cross Month: volunteers, blood donors, financial supporters and those who take health and safety classes. And the Red Cross urges people to uncover their inner hero and give some of their time to help their neighbors.
Red Cross Month is an ideal time to be part of the Red Cross, and there are a variety of ways to do it. People can work on a preparedness plan for their household to be ready for emergencies. They can also download the free Red Cross apps for mobile devices such as the First Aid, hurricane or earthquake apps. These tools put preparedness and disaster information at your fingertips.
Another great way to be part of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer. There are many different ways to help – serving meals and distributing supplies during a disaster, supporting our nation’s members of the Armed Forces and their families, becoming a blood donor or taking Red Cross classes are just a few.
The American Red Cross has been helping people in need for more than 130 years. March was first proclaimed 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 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.