The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. “Everyday heroes help those in need on Florida’s southwest coast,” said Megarie van Sickel, CEO of the American Red Cross of Southwest Florida. “They are our volunteers, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others. During Red Cross Month we thank them for their support.” March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 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 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. Last year in Southwest Florida, Red Cross volunteers responded to over 150 local emergencies, assisted 222 military families and trained over 4,000 people in lifesaving skills. “This month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross.” van Sickel 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, 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: 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.