The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating Red Cross Month by turning the State House Red during the week of March 20 – 26. A special celebration and citation will be presented on Wednesday, March 22 at 3 p.m. at the Rhode Island State House.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating Red Cross Month by turning the Rhode Island State House Red,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Red Cross Month is the perfect time to honor our Red Cross volunteers and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies. It is also a time to celebrate the tremendous work of this incredible organization. Turning the State House red is a great way to highlight the work of the Red Cross.”
In fiscal year 2016, the Rhode Island Chapter responded 200 local emergencies, assisted nearly 200 military families and trained more than 10,000 people in lifesaving skills.
“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” said Bruno. “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke alarms and tell your neighbors to do the same. Or sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial donation.”
In addition to the State House turning red, other Providence skyline fixtures including One Financial and 100 Westminster, will also have their lights turned red to highlight Red Cross Month.
More information about how people can support the organization is available on redcross.org. You can also join the Rhode Island Red Cross CrowdRise team to help raise funds for the Red Cross for their third annual Giving Day on April 26: https://www.crowdrise.com/red-cross-team-rhode-island.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.