During March, the American Red Cross is recognizing the everyday heroes in our community who embody the mission of the Red Cross.
“Everyday heroes are the people who selflessly help those in need throughout Orange County,” said Janet Whitcomb, American Red Cross interim regional chief executive officer. “They are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others. During Red Cross Month we thank all of our heroes for their support.”
For more than 70 years, all presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people in communities across the country, and around the world. Locally, Red Cross month has been recognized by proclamations given to the Red Cross serving Orange County by both the city of Anaheim and the city of Fountain Valley.
In the U.S., the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes roughly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
In 2014, Orange County Red Cross volunteers responded to 132 local emergencies, assisted 11,799 military members, veterans and their families, and trained over 50,000 people in lifesaving skills. Additionally, people from this area contributed to the 300,000 units of blood collected from across Southern California.
“This month is a great time for people to become part of their local Red Cross” Whitcomb said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class. We encourage all Orange County residents to contact us to see how they can assist in serving our community”
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.
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/oc or visit us on Twitter at @OCRedCross.