March is Red Cross Month: Here’s How You Can Be a Hero to Someone in Need
When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there to help.
Red Cross workers have been supporting disaster victims since the time of its founder, Clara Barton.
The Red Cross provides shelter and distributes meals after a disaster. During last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, Red Cross workers served more than 13 million meals and snacks.
The Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 64,000 disasters every year – everything from a home fire affecting a single family to large disasters that impact an entire region.
Red Cross is powered by its volunteers: Donating your time, giving blood, or learning a life-saving skill like CPR can have big impact
#Help1Family on Red Cross Giving Day March 28, 2018; Donate at redcross.org/givingday
WASHINGTON D.C. – February 28, 2018 — March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is asking people across the country to become a hero by giving blood, becoming a volunteer or making a donation to #help1family on Giving Day – March 28.
“The Red Cross is powered by our volunteer heroes who give of their time, talents and compassion to fulfill our vital humanitarian mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering,” said Gail McGovern, president and chief executive officer, American Red Cross. “They are people from your neighborhood who donate blood, who teach First Aid and CPR classes, who support those in need at what may be the worst time in their lives. We honor them during Red Cross Month and ask you to consider joining us and making a difference.”
March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission. President Roosevelt’s last radio talk to the nation on March 20, 1945 was in support of the Red Cross War Fund. He died 23 days later, on April 12, 1945.
This year the Red Cross salutes all the heroes who make a difference in their communities by:
Home fires are the most common disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year. Volunteers drop everything – at any time of the day or night – to help people who have lost everything. “These are the moments when I can witness strangers helping other strangers in their greatest moments of need,” said Red Cross volunteer Cindy Huge. Read more about why Huge leaves her home in the middle of the night to help others: https://redcrosschat.org/2017/12/05/compassion-after-a-home-fire/.
WHAT WE DO The Red Cross has been helping people in need for more than 130 years. And much of our work is accomplished through the work of our volunteers. The Red Cross:
GIVING DAY The Red Cross is asking everyone to support people impacted by disasters and #help1family on Giving Day – Wednesday, March 28. Your donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most. Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people across the country in need of emergency assistance. Donate now by visiting redcross.org/givingday, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
During March, be a hero and join the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. More information is available on how you can help through your local Red Cross chapter or you can learn more about the many ways to help on redcross.org.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.