WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 — March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross, San Luis Obispo County Chapter, is recognizing the nation’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary acts in our community,” said Loren Leidinger Avila, Executive Director, American Red Cross, San Luis Obispo County Chapter. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by being an active participant in helping our neighbors throughout our community.”
For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents 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 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.
In a typical year, the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to more than 30 local emergencies and trains thousands of people in lifesaving and preparedness skills.
“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” Leidinger Avila said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, or take a Red Cross class.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time and money to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
The San Luis Obispo Chapter of the American Red Cross has activities planned for Red Cross Month:
Preparedness Expo, sponsored by PG&E