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Red Cross Berkshire County Celebrates Red Cross Month

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.

During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross Berkshire County recognizes the Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

“Please remember those who help all of us here in the Berkshires by giving their time to help their neighbors,” said Kate Leene, Red Cross Berkshire County Chapter Director. “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.

“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,” Leene 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 Berkshire County Chapter is hosting an Open House for the Nurse Assistant Training Program this Red Cross Month. The Open House will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the chapter offices – 480 West Street in Pittsfield from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in healthcare should attend. During the Open House people can meet instructors, preview the course syllabus and curriculum, tour the state of the art classroom and skills lab, learn about scholarship funding, and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP by contacting: Connie Brown, 413-442-1506 ext-5, or, Subject line: Open House

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at or