LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2020 — Not all heroes wear capes, but some wear an American Red Cross vest. Come celebrate the kick-off to a month-long celebration of the Red Cross and watch as the Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel lights up with the symbol of the Red Cross.
During March — which the President of the U.S. has proclaimed as Red Cross Month for more than 75 years — the Red Cross Los Angeles Region celebrates its volunteer heroes and asks Angelenos to be a hero, too, by sharing their Red Cross story, donating on Red Cross Giving Day (March 25), becoming a volunteer, giving blood or learning skills that save lives during #RedCrossMonth.
“Every day, families here in Los Angeles and throughout the country rely on Red Cross volunteers for urgent relief and hope during crises,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO for Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “We honor the service of our more than 6,720 local volunteers during Red Cross Month and ask you to join them to make a difference.”
WHAT: Free information, prizes and photo opportunities with the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park as it lights up with the symbol of the Red Cross
WHEN: Monday, March 2, 2020
3 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier
380 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Additional buildings are lighting up including the Beverly Hills City Hall (March 4-6) and the LAX Pylons (March 25). Cities across LA County will issue proclamations declaring March is Red Cross Month. View map of city proclamations and building landmarks throughout the month.
Volunteers represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce and help people every day — often after home fires, which represent most of the disasters that the Red Cross responds to every 8 minutes in the U.S.
HOW YOU CAN BE A HERO On March 25, Red Cross Giving Day, donate at redcross.org/givingday to #help1family who loses nearly everything to a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief like food, shelter and other essentials. Donations are key to saving lives because they fund nearly 100 percent of Red Cross disaster relief activities.
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/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.