CHARLESTON, S.C. -- March is Red Cross Month, and it was kicked off in Lowcountry with the celebration of a new Red Cross Headquarters. The location, near I-26 and 5-26 on City Hall Lane in North Charleston, positions Red Cross to be more centrally located within the tri-country area which will benefit volunteers, those taking classes, and those needing Red Cross disaster services.
The new building, which was dedicated to long-term Red Cross Supporter and Community Leader Anita Zucker, is designed with amenities to help prepare volunteers and the community before a disaster strikes and to speed recovery afterward. The building allows for more training capacity to teach Red Cross courses such as CPR, First Aid and community preparedness training. It also has a kitchen and shower for prolonged disaster operations.
During the celebration, Red Cross Regional CEO Louise Welch Williams thanked those in the community that give of their time, treasure and blood. Red Cross Board Chair Mason Holland said generous supporters and dedicated volunteers enabled Red Cross to help more than 1,000 people who were affected by disasters since January 1.
Local mayors thanked the Red Cross for their vital services to the community including those during the recent winter storm last month. Red Cross mobilized more than 100 volunteers to assist those who were left cold and hungry by wide-spread power outages throughout the Palmetto SC Region. Red Cross opened 29 shelters in the region including 7 in the Lowcountry, and served more than 26,000 meals and snacks conjunction with its partners.
The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina including the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter here. Last year, the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter assisted more than 1,000 people impacted by local disasters, assisted 2,653 military families, trained 7,569 people in life lifesaving skills, and collect? blood products.
To become a Red Cross Volunteer or Red Cross Supporter visit www.redcross.org.