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Red Cross Needs Your Help to Form a Huge Human Cross Symbolizing the Diversity of Red Cross Volunteers & Central Maryland Community

Every day Red Cross volunteers provide disaster relief services, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and emotional support.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the Red Cross is reaching out to the public to help make history and to form a human “Red Cross.” The event will highlight Red Cross Month, which is celebrated annually throughout the country. It also symbolizes both the diversity of Red Cross volunteers and captures the faces of the many people served by the Red Cross of Central Maryland. Photos, from a high angle, of the event will be available for news outlets.

Every day Red Cross volunteers provide disaster relief services –including emergency food, shelter, clothing and emotional support; blood donations; and other life saving programs such as CPR/First Aid training, disaster preparedness and water safety, to name a few.

Interested groups or individuals wishing to participate in forming the “Red Cross” on the morning of Saturday, March 5, 2011 should register at the Red Cross website redcross-cmd.org. Plan to arrive at 7:45 am at the Red Cross of Central Maryland’s headquarters, 4800 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. You will be directed by parking lot volunteers to the adjacent New Psalmist Baptist Church lot, immediately behind the Red Cross.

In addition to the time committed by the participants, Wegmans will donate food and coffee for the early morning activities, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson architectural firm has designed and outlined the “Red Cross.” NewPsalmist Baptist Church, has donated the use of their large and brand new parking facilities, where the human Red Cross will be formed.

The American Red Cross of Central Maryland shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cmd or Tweet us at www.twitter.com/RedCrossCntrlMD.