Help Red Cross Honor Our Military Heroes and Their Families

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 2, 2014 — The American Red Cross will hold its 2nd Annual Heroes Breakfast on April 10, 2014 to honor our military heroes and their families. Please join us in honoring the inspiring stories of local U.S. military families; moreover, the breakfast will provide a platform for you to honor co-workers and others who are members of military families for their service and sacrifice. They are all Heroes!

WHAT: 2014 Heroes Breakfast

WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Harbert Center, 2019 4th Avenue N #100, Birmingham, AL 35203

Each year, Alabama Red Cross workers assist more than 4,000 military personnel and their families with emergency communications, emergency leave requests, financial assistance, and other services.

“Please remember those who help all of us here in Alabama by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Mark Beddingfield, Alabama Region Executive Officer. “We want to thank our heroes – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers, and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. 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 more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Here in Alabama, the Alabama Red Cross responded to more than 2,200 local emergencies, assisted more than 6,000 military families and trained nearly 30,000 people in lifesaving skills during fiscal year 2013 (July 2012 through June 2013).

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 given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.

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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.