DALLAS, MARCH 1, 2023 — This March, the American Red Cross North Texas Region is honoring those who make its mission possible during the 80th Annual American Red Cross Month celebration — a national tradition that began in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation. Local officials across North Texas are declaring March as Red Cross Month recognizing volunteers throughout the month.
“When help can’t wait during emergencies, people in North Texas communities rally together to provide relief and hope for neighbors in need,” said Dr. Linda Braddy, Red Cross North Texas Region CEO. “This concern for the well-being of others is at the heart of our community, and we are proud to honor all those who make our mission possible during this year’s Red Cross Month celebration. We would love to invite you to join this committed group by donating your time, expertise or resources, giving blood, or taking a lifesaving skills course.”
Participate in Red Cross Month by visiting redcross.org to make a financial donation, give blood or platelets, become a volunteer or take a class in first aid, CPR or how to use an AED. On March 22, you can also join our annual Red Cross Giving Day campaign by donating at redcross.org/givingday to help provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance for people affected by disasters big and small.
CONTINUING CLARA BARTON’S LIFESAVING LEGACY Today’s Red Cross volunteers, blood and platelet donors, and supporters are advancing the lifesaving legacy of Clara Barton — one of the most honored women in U.S. history — who founded the American Red Cross more than 140 years ago. Her vision to prevent and alleviate human suffering has never wavered: Generation after generation, people have come together to adapt this timeless mission for their communities’ most urgent needs.
In 2022 across North Texas, the Red Cross:
- Responded to more than 2,200 disasters
- Helped more than 3,400 families
- Installed more than 6,500 smoke detectors
- Hosted more than 1,800 blood drives
- Trained more than 44,000 people on how to do CPR, use an AED and perform first aid
- Provided service to more than 13,000 cases involving the men and women in our military.
JOIN A REWARDING DAY OF GIVING BACK Home fires are the most frequent disaster response for the Red Cross, which is also working to help families stay safe by installing free smoke alarms during its Sound the Alarm home fire safety events in at-risk communities. Volunteers are needed for an event on Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Erath County — register and learn more at www.redcross.org/volunteer.
PREVENT A BLOOD SHORTAGE When volunteer blood and platelet donors lend an arm this March, they’ll help keep the blood supply from dropping further this spring. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma March 1-31, 2023, will receive a $10 Visa® Prepaid Card by email.* Plus, they'll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card – which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners.*
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NorthTexas or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNTX.
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*Terms for both offers apply. Visit rcblood.org/help for details.