Cities Honor Red Cross LA Its Service To Communities
Los Angeles, March 7 2018 — It’s Red Cross Month and cities, business and organizations around the region are coming out to help commemorate the work of the Red Cross and celebrate the volunteers and donors who give so much to provide comfort and care to those who are in need.
This past year, with the number of unprecedented disasters, Red Cross Los Angeles Region volunteers and staff have responded four major hurricanes that deployed over 500 volunteers from LA to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. LA volunteers also responded to the wildfires in Northern California as well as the more recent wildfires and mudslides here in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Cities throughout the county have recognized these efforts and have made presentations at city council meetings to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in support of the Red Cross mission. Councilmember Gil Cedillo led the effort for the City of Los Angeles and called for XX.
“We are proud of the work that the Red Cross has done in preparing out communities for disaster and for their response in times of need,” said Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo. “Red Cross Month is a chance for all of us to recognize the contribution and commitment of the thousands of Los Angels volunteers who are always at the ready.”
Other cities include Temple City, El Monte, Monrovia, Altadena, Huntington Park, Cerritos, Covina, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Torrance and Beverly Hills that went as far as lighting up their city hall for the remainder of the month.
As part of the commemorative month, the Red Cross also promotes its annual Giving Day on March 28, a day that brings communities together to help families who have been impacted by a home fire or other disaster. Through gifts made on Giving Day, Red Cross provide urgently needed Red Cross services to help families get back on their feet. Again, Red Cross has come out to celebrate by going red for the day. The pylons that provide entry at LAX Airport will be lit red in honor of Red Cross Month and Giving Day as will the world famous and iconic Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.
“Red Cross relies on the generous giving of the public to ensure that life-saving services continue and that the Red Cross will always be able to respond,” said Andrea Davis, Chair, Red Cross LA Regional Board of Directors. “Giving Day is about providing for our communities and helping them be more resilient in the face of disasters, large or small.”
Red Cross Month was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 be President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission. President Roosevelt’s last radio talk to the nation on March 20, 1945 was in support of the Red Cross War Fund. He died 23 days later, on April 12, 1945.
WHAT WE DO Red Cross has been helping people in need for more than 130 years. And much of our work is accomplished through the work of our volunteers. The Red Cross:
· Responds to nearly 64,000 disasters across the country providing hope and comfort to people in need.
· Trains and provides information to nearly 5.9 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
· Collects nearly 4.9 million units of blood from more than 2.8 million volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients at hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
· Provides nearly 391,000 support services to military members, veterans and their families.
· Helps more than 181 million people outside the U.S. through disaster management and disease prevention efforts.
GIVING DAY Red Cross is asking everyone to support people impacted by disasters and #help1family on Giving Day – Wednesday, March 28. Your donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most. Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people across the country in need of emergency assistance. Donate now by visiting redcross.org/givingday, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
During March, be a hero and join the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. More information is available on how you can help at www.redcorssla.org.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.