March Is Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month in Orange County
Red Cross month is a great time for people to become part of their local Red Cross

SANTA ANA CALIF. March 3, 2014 — March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to celebrate the Everyday Heroes who help their neighbors when they are in need. For more than 70 years, all presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people prepare, respond and recover from disasters and emergencies.

“Our heroes are the local volunteers, blood donors, class participants and financial donors who help us assist others across the region,” said Maxine Margaritis, American Red Cross Serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties regional CEO. “Throughout March, we recognize all those who help us fulfill our mission and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by donating time, money or blood to help the people in our communities.”

Throughout March, Red Cross chapters in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties will be hosting free events that will educate and engage community members. Disaster preparedness presentations with a special emphasis on Earthquake safety will be held at each chapter and a Family Safety Day with activities such as first aid and compression only CPR demonstrations, a preparedness puppet show and earthquake safety tips will provide families the necessary tools needed to create their own safety and preparedness plan. All events are free, however you must RSVP to attend.

Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Presentations 6-8 p.m.

San Bernardino County Chapter: Thursday March 20th

Riverside County Chapter: Tuesday March 25th

Orange County Chapter: Thursday March 27th

RSVP for all presentations at: (714) 481 5351

Family Safety Day – Santa Ana

Saturday March 29, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

**All families who register and attend the full program will receive an emergency disaster “starter” kit

RSVP: Jeanne Tran at: Jeanne.tran@sen.ca.gov or (714) 558-4400

“Red Cross month is also a great time for people to become part of their local Red Cross chapter,” Margaritis said. “They can become a volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household or neighborhoods, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, there are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved.”

In 2013, the Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties responded to 462 local emergencies, serviced over 3,600 military cases, trained 55,000 people in lifesaving skills and provided preparedness instruction to over 14,000 people throughout the community. Nationally, every year the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes. 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 millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.