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March is Red Cross Month

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Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need.

ATLANTA, GA –March 1, 2016 — Today, Governor Nathan Deal officially proclaimed March as Red Cross month and thanked the Red Cross for “playing a vital humanitarian role in Georgia every day.” He also recognized local supporters for volunteering time, giving blood, and donating funds. While at the Capitol, Georgia Red Cross CEO Terri Badour Duckett shared her appreciation with Governor Deal for making this month special for volunteers, and continuing the 70 year tradition of naming March as Red Cross month.

“Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Terri Badour Duckett, CEO of the American Red Cross of Georgia, “They are our selfless Red Cross volunteers, blood donors, and financial contributors who bring rescue to people facing life’s emergencies. During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”

In 2015, Red Cross of Georgia responded to 2,700 local emergencies, assisted 6,600 military families and trained nearly 54,600 people in lifesaving skills. And, people across the region donated 224,735 units of blood. Among neighbors who have benefitted from Red Cross services is Stephen Smith of Dacula, Georgia, whose home burned in a fire January 2nd. “It was early in the morning, the day after New Year’s,” he said “I was in shock but they stayed with us for a long time, and I’m thankful they were there.”

Nationwide, the Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, 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 at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood everyday to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.

HOW TO HELP

Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. You can work on a preparedness plan with members of your household so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Or you can give blood or a financial donation.People can find more information about supporting the Red Cross on redcross.org.

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 Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.