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Red Cross Month - Five Ways to Be an Everyday Hero


It’s Red Cross Month - a time to recognize our country’s everyday heroes who give their time to help people in need. Want to be a hero too? It’s easy. Become part of the Red Cross.

Here are five ways you can be a hero:

1. Become a Red Cross volunteer. There are many ways you can help in your local community.

2. Give blood and help a patient in their battle to overcome illness.

3. Take a class. Get the information, skills and confidence to be able to help during an emergency.

4. Make a plan. Gather household members and develop a plan to prepare you for emergencies.

5. Make a financial donation. Your donation will allow us to help those in need.

“Our heroes leave their everyday lives and roll up their sleeves to help people,” said Gail McGovern, president and chief executive officer, American Red Cross. “They are volunteers from your neighborhood who exemplify what is great about our country – how we help each other in time of need.”

The American Red Cross has been helping people in need for more than 130 years. And much of our work is accomplished through the work of our volunteers. The Red Cross:

  • Responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year.
  • 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.
  • Trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
  • During March, become an everyday hero, become a part of the Red Cross. More information is available on how you can help through your local Red Cross chapter or by visiting the “Ways to Help” information on this web site.

    About our March is Red Cross Month Partners:

    This March is Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is especially grateful for the support of U.S. Bank and Wawa, two corporate supporters that have joined us in recognizing and supporting Everyday Heroes and their impact on our communities. Both companies are making it easy for their customers across the country to give back this month and honor the individuals that make our work possible. Thanks to the contributions of these and other corporate friends, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies every day here and around the world.

    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.