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March is Red Cross Month- A Time to Recognize Everyday Heroes

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The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission.

All across the nation, the American Red Cross is recognizing its everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. 

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years, ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation in 1943, calling on Americans to “rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.” Every President since that time, including President Obama, has recognized the critical role the Red Cross has played for more than 130 years, in helping people across the country and around the world.

“Hawaii has no shortage of everyday heroes,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Hawaii Red Cross CEO.  “They are selfless Red Cross volunteers and supporters who embody the spirit of humanitarianism and bring hope to those in need. During Red Cross Month, we honor and applaud them for their invaluable contribution.”

The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and respond to home fires and other disasters in Hawaii every 4 days, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The Hawaii Red Cross also educates local youth, organizations and businesses on how to prepare before disasters strike, provides 24/7 support to members of the military, veterans and their families, and trains thousands of people in first aid and other lifesaving skills. 

In fiscal year 2015, the Hawaii Red Cross responded to 85 local emergencies, assisted 1,813 military families and trained 12,262 people in lifesaving skills.

“It’s easy to become a Red Cross hero,” said Matayoshi, “go to to sign up as a Red Cross volunteer, make a financial donation, and see how you can get involved.” 

Papa John’s has also selected the Hawaii Red Cross as the “Charity of the Month” for March in honor of Red Cross month.  During the entire month of March, you can use the code ‘ALOHA’ when ordering pizza online at and a $1 from each order will go to the Hawaii Red Cross. Also, throughout the entire month of March, purchase an Aloha Carry-Out Card for $10 and $7 will go to the Hawaii Red Cross!  The Aloha Carry-Out Card is good for buy one get one free pizza, all year long.  Lastly, order a pizza on the last Thursday of March (March 31st) and 25% of sales will be donated to the Hawaii Red Cross!

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.  To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii  96816 or make a secure online donation at or call (808) 739-8109.