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March is Red Cross Month in Western PA

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March is a Time to Recognize Volunteers, Donors and Friends of the Red Cross

GREENSBURG, Pa. – During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

“March is a time to think of those individuals who help all of us here in Westmoreland and Armstrong counties by giving their time to help their neighbors,” said Donna Pacella, executive director of the local Red Cross. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

March was first proclaimed as 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 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 seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

On a yearly basis, the Westmoreland-Armstrong Chapter responds to more than 40 local emergencies, provides more than 200 services to military families and trains more than 5,000 people in lifesaving skills.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” Pacella said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”

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 American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

The Westmoreland-Armstrong Chapter has planned the following activities during Red Cross month:

•Bowling for Disaster Relief, School Cup Challenge; Monday, March 4 at 11 a.m; the bowling event will take place at Main Bowling Center in Greensburg. Student clubs will be present for the activities and all proceeds from the event will benefit local disaster relief efforts.

•Volunteer Orientation; Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.; the volunteer orientation will be held in the Greensburg office, located at 351 Harvey Avenue, Suite B.

•Career Fair Presentation; Tuesday, March 26 at 11 a.m.; the local Red Cross will host a table at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg’s Career fair. The fair will be located on campus at the Chambers Hall Gymnasium.

•Boy Scouts Presentation; Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.; the local Red Cross will educate nearly 50 boys scouts on the importance of disaster preparedness. The presentation will take place at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Greensburg.

The following preparedness, health and safety courses will be held at the local Red Cross office, located at 245 Butler Road in Kittanning:

•Adult CPR/AED; Tuesday, March 12; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $70

•Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED; Tuesday, March 12; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $110

The following preparedness, health and safety courses will be held at the local Red Cross office, located at 351 Harvey Avenue, Suite B in Greensburg.

•Babysitter’s Training; Saturday, March 9; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;$85

•Adult CPR/AED; Saturday, March 2; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $70

•Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED; Saturday, March 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $110

•Adult CPR/AED; Thursday, March 14; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $70

•Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED; Thursday, March 21; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $110

•Adult First Aid/CPR/AED; Thursday, March 14; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $90

•CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers; Tuesday, March 12; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $110

•Adult CPR/AED; Thursday, March 21; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $70