March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in Mississippi,” said Sandra Hodge, CEO, American Red Cross Mississippi Region. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”
For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes big and small in this country every year. 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 millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
Here at Home
The American Red Cross Mississippi Region comprises five chapters— South Mississippi, East Central, Capital River, Northeast and Northwest. During 2013, the Region responded to more than 2,300 local disasters, two of which were major relief operations—the Hattiesburg tornadoes in February and the East Central tornadoes in April. Thanks to the generosity of donors, more than $1.2 million in direct relief services aided Mississippians in their recovery from disasters large and small.
“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” Hodge said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.”
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.