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Empire State Building Shines In Honor of Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) — It’s Red Cross Month, a time to recognize the mission of the American Red Cross and the more than 300,000 volunteers who help people find hope when they need it. Tonight at sunset the Empire State Building in New York City will feature red and white lights to honor Red Cross volunteers and their commitment to serving communities affected by disasters.

In addition to New York City, various cities all around the country also have Red Cross flags flying or famous landmark buildings lit up in red to help observe Red Cross Month.

“March is our time to honor the more than 300,000 heroes – our volunteers – who help us fulfill our mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies,” said Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer for the Red Cross. “We are so grateful for their support. From serving a meal after a disaster, to helping train their neighbors in first aid, these volunteers make a difference in New York and cities and towns across the country every day of the year.”

Red Cross volunteers help families find shelter after a home fire. They donate blood to help trauma victims and cancer patients. They deliver comfort items to military members in hospitals around the world. They use their lifesaving skills to save someone from a heart attack, drowning, or choking. They volunteer their time to help those in need.

During Red Cross Month, become a hero too. Join the Red Cross.

1. Become a Red Cross volunteer. You can help in your local community.

2. Give blood and help a patient on their road to recovery.

3. Take a class; be able to help during an emergency.

4. Make a plan. Develop a preparedness plan with members of your household.

5. Make a financial donation. Your support will allow us to help those in need.

The Red Cross provides help and support in many ways to people in this country and around the world by:

  • Responding to nearly 64,000 disasters big and small in this country every year.
  • Providing 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world.
  • Collecting and distributing about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
  • Training millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
  • Helping millions of people around the world through disaster management and disease prevention activities.
  • During Red Cross Month, become an everyday hero, become a part of the Red Cross. More information is available on how you can help through your local Red Cross chapter or by visiting the Red Cross “Ways to Help” information.

    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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.