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American Red Cross Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (April 11, 2016) — National Volunteer Week is April 10-17 and the American Red Cross, Alabama Red Cross is honoring its volunteers who give their time to help people in need.


Nearly 330,000 volunteers serve the organization, helping staff blood drives, volunteering at veteran’s hospitals, teaching people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, responding to home fires in the middle of the night and so much more.

“We want to take this time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their service,” said Alicia Anger, Regional Director of Communications – Alabama.  They help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for their service.”

Last year, Alabama Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 7,527 local families who faced emergency situations. They trained 44,728 people in lifesaving skills and provided 1,640 services to military members, veterans and their families.

The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of the lifesaving work it does and to sign up to volunteer and donate blood. People can go to to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, people should visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign offers another way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths locally. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety. Since the Home Fire Campaign started, it has been credited with saving a number of lives. Volunteers have already installed hundreds of thousands of smoke alarms in more than 4,100 cities and towns across the United States.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.