March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
“Our heroes here in south Louisiana are our volunteers, people who take our health and safety classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the South Louisiana Region Red Cross. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”
For more than 70 years, all of the country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people here in south Louisiana, 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 – about 1,150 in the South Louisiana Region. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, in military hospitals, across our community and on military installations around the world. And the Red Cross trains more than 28,000 people each year in south Louisiana in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
“Red Cross Month is also a great time for residents to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” Wilkins added. “Become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for your 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 given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.
In addition to operating Red Cross first aid stations along New Orleans Mardi Gras parade routes in partnership with New Orleans EMS, the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross has a number of activities planned this month:
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.