March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio and American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services 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 Northwest Ohio,” said Amanda Aldrich, regional communications specialist. “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.
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.
Locally, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio responded to more than 450 local emergencies and helped more than 600 families. They also assisted more than 400 military families and trained more than 9,000 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated more than 78,000 units of blood.
“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” said Tiffany Gradel, Communications Manager for Blood Services. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.”
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/northwestohio, like us on Facebook at American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, or follow us on Twitter at @redcrossnwo.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.