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Red Cross Recognizes Everyday Heroes during Red Cross Month

HOOVER, Ala., March 3, 2014 — The American Red Cross empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary things. March is Red Cross Month, a great time to celebrate and recognize everyday heroes in the community – those who help their neighbors by giving blood, learning lifesaving skills, volunteering or making a financial contribution to the Red Cross.

Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of people who support the mission of the Red Cross. Red Cross supporters prove that it doesn’t take a cape, super powers or a secret identity to be a hero. Everyday heroes enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters, both large and small, here and around the world; help members of the military; provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and teach lifesaving skills.

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 invites community members to discover their inner hero this month. Here are just a few ways to get involved:

  • Donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
  • Become a Red Cross volunteer now so you are ready to help your neighbors in need before and after disaster strikes. Visit redcross.org/volunteer to sign up.
  • Work on a preparedness plan for your household so you will be ready for emergencies. Visit redcross.org/prepare for more information.
  • Take a Red Cross class to learn how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated electronic defibrillator, first aid, and other lifesaving skills. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass to sign up.
  • 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.

    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.

    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.

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