Red Cross Hosts Touching Lives Tour

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March is Red Cross Month and this tour celebrates Every Day Heroes

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, March 3 – The American Red Cross Central SC Chapter is hosting a Touching Lives Tour Wednesday, March 12 from 1:30-6 p.m. at the chapter offices located at 2751 Bull Street in Columbia.

The Touching Lives Tour is a chance for the public to see how the American Red Cross impacts lives every day. Across the Palmetto SC Region the Red Cross touches one in 12 lives. In addition to tours of the Blood Services’ operations, there will be interactive displays from Disaster Services and the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces. Our Health & Safety Department will go over trainings available from the Red Cross. Anyone interested in learning more about the roles of the American Red Cross is invited to attend the Touching Lives Tour March 12.

“We could not do the vital work done every day without the support of people right here in the Midlands,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter executive director. “March is Red Cross Month and this tour celebrates Every Day Heroes. We want people to know how the Red Cross touches a life.”

The American 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.

The Central SC Chapter has trained 4,970 people in First Aid, CPR and AED, along with providing 3,793 people with water safety training and another 75 in care giving.  The Central SC Chapter also provided 1,445 services to military families, including emergency communications to service members deployed overseas.
 
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,000 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC Region since Jan. 1.  On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.  The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit Redcross.org.