President Donald Trump 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.
“Guided by her passionate devotion to humanity, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 as a charitable organization to provide services to people in need. After 138 years, her historic legacy of selfless service still inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to give their time, resources, and energy to help people in the United States and around the world, aiding those facing natural disasters, donating and supplying blood, and serving our military families. During American Red Cross Month, we recognize and honor the lifesaving work of the dedicated employees and volunteers of the American Red Cross, as well as the remarkable kindness of the American people who give so generously to this organization. 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 62,000 disasters across the country providing hope and comfort to people in need.
- Trains and provides information to more than 6.2 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.
- Collects more than 4.7 million units of blood from nearly 2.7 million volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients at hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
- Provides more than 422,000 support services to military members, veterans and their families.
- Helps nearly 174 million people outside the U.S. through disaster management and disease prevention efforts.
GIVING DAY The Red Cross is asking everyone to support families impacted by disaster and #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day – Wednesday, March 27. 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. #Help1family and donate by visiting redcross.org/givingday, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $1.
During March, be a hero and join the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. More information is available on how you can help through your local Red Cross chapter or by visiting redcross.org.