March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is recognizing our community’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need. Every day and night, volunteers in the National Capital Region are working to help men, women and children after a house fire, teaching lifesaving classes in CPR and first aid, and providing 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world.
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.
“Red Cross Month serves as a great reminder for our communities to develop a preparedness plan for their household and become engaged with our organization, whether it’s through volunteering, donating blood, or taking a Red Cross class,” said Linda Mathes, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region. “We’re so grateful for the many volunteers and donors who support us during this month and all year long.”
During this special time, Red Cross urges the community to download our preparedness apps, particularly as we head towards spring and summer. Call **REDCROSS from your mobile phone and we will send you a link to the app, or search “American Red Cross” in the iTunes or Google Play App stores.
Last fiscal year, the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region responded to 477 local disasters and helped 797 affected families with emergency food, shelter and supplies. We provided disaster education presentations to over 29,000 individuals in the community to prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters or other life-threatening emergencies.
From first aid, CPR and AED training to swimming and lifeguarding, Red Cross programs help people lead safer and healthier lives. In fiscal year 2012, over 4,300,000 people received lifesaving Red Cross health and safety training in the United States. We taught 54,728 people lifesaving skills in classes throughout this region.
The American Red Cross also provides communication between men and women in the military stationed away from home and their families. In fiscal year 2012, we provided services and assistance to over 1,665 military families. The Red Cross international tracing program helps local families find relatives with whom they have lost contact because of a natural disaster, war or internal conflict.
Our team reached 30,040 people with Red Cross community services by participating in community events such as safety fairs, parades and celebrations, and by providing community members with health related and disaster information. The American Red Cross collects approximately 6,000,000 blood donations across the country annually. About 6,000 times a day someone receives a Red Cross blood transfusion.
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.
To learn more about local Red Cross activities and some of our everyday heroes:
To donate blood, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org
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