(MARCH 13, 2014, TIFFIN, OH) — March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in Seneca County,” said Cheryl Wolfe, Director of the American Red Cross of Seneca County. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”
For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” Wolfe said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.” Wolfe says there is a real need for volunteer disaster responders in Seneca County. “We need more trained volunteers to help their friends and neighbors affected by disasters, whether they’ve suffered a home fire, a flood or a tornado. These volunteers are the people who provide immediate help with food, clothing, shelter and comfort. We are looking for people who want to be a hero for the community when they need heroes the most.”
There will be an Open House at the Seneca County Red Cross office on Wednesday, March 19, starting at 5:00pm. At 6:00pm, there will be a short presentation on what is involved in becoming a Red Cross volunteer. Snacks and beverages will be provided. The Red Cross office is located in the Tiffin Mall, 870 W. Market St.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
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 American 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.