President Joseph Biden has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the country, a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. All of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
“Throughout our country’s history, the humanitarian spirit of the American people has shined as a beacon of hope in times of crisis. It is written in our DNA that when hardship strikes, we come together to ensure that no one faces it alone. It is in that spirit that we celebrate American Red Cross Month, a chance to honor all those selfless Americans who step up and lend a hand whenever and wherever people are in need.” Read entire proclamation here.
This year the Red Cross salutes all the heroes who make a difference in their communities by:
- Donating blood or platelets
- Volunteering to help people impacted by a disaster
- Taking a first aid or CPR class to help in an emergency
- Providing comfort to a member of the military, a veteran or their family
What does the Red Cross do?
- Responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the country providing hope and comfort to people in need.
- Trains and provides information to more than 4.5 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
- Collects more than 6.4million units of blood from nearly 2.6 million volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients at hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
- Provides more than 513,000 support services to military members, veterans and their families.
- Helps nearly 250 million people outside the U.S. through disaster management and disease prevention efforts.
During Red Cross Month, please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer to help families in need. Visit redcross.org/VolunteerToday to learn more, including about our most-needed volunteer positions
GIVING DAY The Red Cross is asking everyone to support families impacted by disaster on Red Cross Giving Day –March 24. A donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.
Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people across the country in need of emergency assistance. #HelpCan’tWait. Please donate by visiting redcross.org/givingday, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $1.