During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.
“Please remember those who help all of us here in Alaska by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Tanguy Libbrecht, Chief Executive Officer. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. 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; and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in Alaska, the Red Cross responded to more than 200 local emergencies, assisted 16,273 military families and trained 22,544 people in lifesaving skills last year.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” Libbrecht said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
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.
American Red Cross of Alaska has a number of activities planned in Anchorage for Red Cross Month, including:
• Anchorage Press- A special insert of all things Red Cross. Pick up your copy today!
• Ice Spa Martini/Manicure night March 28- proceeds to benefit American Red Cross of Alaska
• Midnight Sun Brewing Company will donate a portion of every Sockeye Red IPA sale all month
• Peppercini’s supports Red Cross with a special sandwich
• Slippery Salmon Grill will have Red Cross specials throughout the month
• Sugarspoon will donate sales from their famous Red Velvet cake all month
Visit our Facebook page to keep up to date on more Red Cross activities such as:
• Anchorage Museum partnership
• Aviation Museum partnership
• Pita Pit fundraiser