Dino Ingram is a Red Cross volunteer and contributing writer.
March 2014 will be ‘coming in like a lion’ this year. It brings with it American Red Cross Month, an annual, national event celebrated by all chapters of the Red Cross. Though it is a national event, each chapter serves a unique community in both size and demographic, resulting in events also unique to each Red Cross chapter.
I spoke with Meghan Spreer to get the ‘skinny’ on this annual observation and to find out what will be happening this March as the Kansas Capital Area Chapter celebrates Red Cross Month. But first, we must ask the most obvious question. Who is Meghan Spreer? Well, she’s one of two Communications staff for the Kansas Region of the Red Cross and has been with them for two years. Meghan wears a lot of hats. She handles Media Relations, Disaster Public Affairs and Social Engagement for the Red Cross in Kansas. Working with Jo Ann Long, Community Chapter Executive, their goal is to raise public awareness about the Red Cross. Yet, they don’t do it alone. Every Red Cross staffer and volunteer in a Red Cross vest serves as a reminder to the public that the Red Cross is present and ready to serve when needed.
Now for some fun facts to know and tell about Red Cross Month: In 1943 Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed March as National Red Cross Month. For the past seventy years every president, without fail, has made this annual proclamation. However the Red Cross has been around a lot longer than that.
As Meghan tells it, “The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.”
Now that we know about Meghan and have also had our history lesson, we need to know exactly what Red Cross Month is all about. March is a specific time for the Red Cross to recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves to help their community. It’s also a time to call attention to the many services that the Red Cross offers by sharing stories from those who have been helped by the Red Cross and the volunteers who give of their time, treasure and talent, to help those in need.
So, what can we expect for the Topeka area in observing Red Cross Month this coming March? Per Meghan, “A big piece of that will be participation in our Radiothon with Country Legends 106.9 FM on Friday, March 14!”
This will be a terrific opportunity for the public to call in with donations to help the Red Cross. Unlike some other organizations, the Red Cross receives NO Federal money to support their mission. In addition, we’ll be hearing about the many lines of service that the Red Cross offers.
The event will run from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Country Legends 106.9 DJs will be broadcasting live, on location. In addition to their regular music mix they’ll be doing live interviews from those who have been helped by the Red Cross and the volunteers who’ve made that help tangible.
If you haven’t been involved with the Red Cross, this is the perfect time and opportunity to start getting involved. Become a volunteer! If that’s not possible, you can provide financial resources, give blood, or sign up for Red Cross classes offered in your community. March 14, be there or be square!