Red Cross SEPA Chapter Responds to 65 Disasters in March Alone

March was an incredibly busy month for the Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter of the American Red Cross.

March is national Red Cross Month, during which the SEPA Chapter held such special events as the Red Ball annual fundraising gala at the Please Touch Museum on March 10, which raised nearly $330,000, was honored with an official proclamation at Philadelphia City Hall designating March as Red Cross Month in the City of Philadelphia, and trained more than 250 young people on CPR Saturday March 3rd in lifesaving techniques.

The local Red Cross also responded to 65 total disasters in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region during Red Cross Month to provide assistance such as food, clothing, temporary shelter and counseling services to a total of 93 families, 309 people. Here is the breakdown of disasters by county requiring our response during the March is Red Cross Month:

•45 disasters in Philadelphia County, assisting 226 people

•7 disasters in Delaware County, assisting 32 people

•4 disasters in Bucks County, assisting 31 people

•4 disasters in Montgomery County, assisting 11 people

•5 disasters in Chester County, assisting 9 people

Our final Red Cross Month event will be the annual 5k Walk & Run taking place on Saturday, April 21 in Fairmount Park starting at the Please Touch Museum. Registration is still available for individuals and teams at

About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter

The American Red Cross in Philadelphia shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.

Contact: Dave Schrader (215) 299-4042 or 4889,