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 heroes who help all of us here in the Northeastern New York Region - by giving their time to help their neighbors,” said Gary Striar, CEO, American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. “We want to thank our real-life heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, 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; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
During 2011-2012, The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region responded to 339 local emergencies, assisted 964 military families and trained 43,497 people in lifesaving skills. People from this area also assisted the NY-Penn Blood Region in the collection of 81,854 units of donated blood for use at hospitals throughout our region.
“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,” said Striar. “For instance, they can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
The chapters that compose the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region have a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month:
The Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter will be highlighting Red Cross Month with its annual March Madness Celebration on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Johnny Rockets Sports Bar from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. NCAA “Sweet 16” games shown on 22 flat-panel TV’s, with a buffet, and chances to bid on numerous items in a silent auction, all while supporting the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.
The Northeastern New York Chapter is hosting its 15th annual Fire + Ice Gala, on Saturday, March 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York from 7 p.m. An evening filled with live music, gourmet cuisine, open bar, and live & silent auctions that all supports the life-saving mission of the Red Cross.
The Regional Preparedness Team is having its “Master’s of Disaster” poster contest that will be held in local area schools for students to show off their artistic and creative abilities, while promoting emergency and disaster preparedness. Students can participate in the month-long Red Cross poster contest as well as in a Family Disaster Plan Template contest all throughout March in more than 100 school districts.
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.