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March is Red Cross Month - Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MISS., FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013—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 Sandra Hodge, CEO, American Red Cross Mississippi Region. “We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us to help people here at home, across the United States and around the world.”

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 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 about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than nine million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission,” said Hodge. “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 helping the people the Red Cross serves.

Mississippi Disaster Response Update

Red Cross volunteers have responded in Attala, Covington, Forrest, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Perry and Wayne counties in response to the tornadoes and storms that hit Mississippi in February. Red Cross continues to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers.

Red Cross caseworkers are still in the impacted neighborhoods helping individuals with immediate, disaster-related needs by meeting with them one-on-one to provide guidance and support during their recovery process. To schedule an appointment for casework services, call the local Red Cross office at 601-582-8151.

Red Cross health services and mental health workers continue to meet with families that have disaster-caused health and emotional needs. Red Cross is also working with community partners and agencies to identify appropriate resources for any remaining emergency needs.

If someone would like to help people affected by emergencies like the recent storms, they can visit , call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross Office.

For more information, contact your local Red Cross Office, search “Red Cross Mississippi” on Facebook or follow @RedCrossMiss on Twitter. For a list of Red Cross Offices and contact numbers, visit