This March, the Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is celebrating everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. For 70 years, all of our 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 is synonymous with providing help and hope to those in need,” said Bill Earley, CEO of the Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “Red Cross Month is the perfect time for people to discover their ‘inner hero.’ From providing much-needed donations, to becoming a volunteer, to taking a health or safety class, there is no shortage of ways to get involved and give back to the community.”
Whether it’s helping disaster victims get on the road to recovery, giving blood to help a hospital patient, learning lifesaving CPR and first aid, or simply brightening the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home, there are countless ways for San Diegans to celebrate Red Cross Month.
Give What Fire Takes: In San Diego and Imperial Counties, the Red Cross responds to a disaster nearly once every 24 hours. The majority of these are home-fires, which often times take everything that makes a house a home. During Red Cross Month, help give back what fire takes by making a donation toward necessities that provide safety and comfort for those affected by home fires. Visit redcross.org to donate and join the online conversation using #GiveWhatFireTakes.
Make a Plan, Get a Kit: Work on a preparedness plan for your household and get your emergency kit in order. Become part of the quest to get one million prepared in the San Diego region! Visit preparesandiego.org for more details.
Get Trained: CPR/First Aid, Pet first aid, babysitter’s training and more. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass to sign up and get trained in the month of March.
Give Blood: One blood donation can save up to three lives. Make an appointment during March at redcrossblood.org or (800) RED-CROSS.
There are volunteer opportunities for every skill set, every interest and every schedule. Visit redcross.org/sandiego for more details.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters- big and small- in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and 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.
“We want to thank our everyday heroes during Red Cross Month –volunteers, blood donors and financial supporters who help us assist those in need,” said Earley. “Thanks to them, we are able to respond to disasters not just here in our back yard, but around the world. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.”
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 the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more information, please visit redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.