SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2014 — Every March, the American Red Cross celebrates Red Cross Month and the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is recognizing our local everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors during times of need.
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 71 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has made the designation since. The Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Everyday heroes lend a hand to those in need in communities across the country. Whether it’s helping disaster victims get on the road to recovery, giving blood to help a hospital patient, stepping forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child, or simply brightening the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
“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,” said Tony Young, CEO of the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter. “I urge everyone in our region to consider taking at least one step – that could be developing a preparedness plan for their household, becoming a Red Cross volunteer, taking a class, giving blood or making a financial donation.”
The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter has a number of ways the local community can celebrate Red Cross Month from March 1-31, including:
Local Disaster Fund: Did you know the local team responds to a disaster, such as a house fire, nearly every 24 hours? Your financial contribution to the local disaster fund stays in our community and helps your neighbors in need.
Pura Vida Bracelets: Support disaster relief and the Red Cross by purchasing from San Diego-based Pura Vida bracelets. The company has four bracelet designs in which 100% of proceeds directly support the Red Cross.
Wendy’s: Wendy’s Restaurants in San Diego are joining Red Cross by providing a coupon for a free Frosty for San Diegans who donate during March.
Make a Plan, Get a Kit: Work on a preparedness plan for your household and get your emergency kit in order. Become part of the quest to get one million prepared in the San Diego region! Visit www.preparesandiego.org for more details.
Get Trained: CPR/First Aid, Pet first aid, babysitter’s training and more. Visit www.redcross.org/takeaclass to sign up and get trained in the month of March.
Download: Free Red Cross apps are available on your mobile device in the Apps store. The Red Cross recommends the First Aid, Earthquake and Wildfire apps for our region, as well as the new Pet First Aid app.
Give Blood: Make an appointment during March at www.redcrossblood.org or (800) RED-CROSS.
Volunteer: There are many ways to help and need for a variety of skill sets. Visit www.redcross.org/sandiego for more details.
Engage Online: Join the community and conversation online using hashtags #BeAHero and #PrepareSD.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year nationwide, 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.
Here in the San Diego/Imperial Counties region between July 2013-February 2014 alone, the chapter responded to nearly 180 local emergencies.
“Please celebrate those who help all of us here in San Diego and Imperial Counties by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Young. “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.”
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.