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March is National Red Cross Month

March is National Red Cross Month.
"Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross."

This Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves in some way to help their community.

“Please remember those who help all of us here in Greater New York by giving their time to help their neighbors in need,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Greater New York Region. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month—our extraordinary volunteers who work tirelessly in the service of others; those individuals who take Red Cross preparedness and lifesaving classes; and our generous financial supporters who help us carry out our vital mission of helping people at their darkest hours.”

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a way to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission in the midst of war. Since then, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

Last year, across the Greater New York Region, the Red Cross helped more than 13,000 residents following nearly 2,400 local disasters. This does not include the tens of thousands of people Greater New York assisted in the aftermath of Sandy. We also helped more than 1,000 military members and their families and trained more than 177,000 people in lifesaving skills. And individuals in our region donated close to 12,000 units of blood at Red Cross blood drives. Each unit has the potential to save up to three people.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” Lockwood said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a volunteer, donate blood, or take a lifesaving skills class, to name just a few.”

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time and money to carry out its vital work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

We encourage you to use social media to help recognize the efforts of your Red Cross heroes on Twitter (use hashtag #RedCrossHero) and on Facebook.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.