Red Cross Asks People To Join During Red Cross Month

Organization Helping Those In Need For 130

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class, or giving blood.

“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, gives blood, takes a first aid class or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to all who support us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president since have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

The Red Cross has been helping people for 130 years, responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, teaching lifesaving skills and serving as one of the largest blood suppliers in the United States.

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Across the Northeast Wisconsin Region, Red Cross chapters responded and provided assistance in 163 local disasters last year. The chapters served 676 military families, taught 45,503 individuals lifesaving skills, and collected 38,404 units of blood.

“We work very diligently to help those in need,” Hansen said. “Whether out on a disaster, alongside our troops, at a blood drive or in a first aid class, Red Cross workers touch the lives of millions of people every year.”

It’s hard to imagine a world without Heroes. They’re the drive behind every mission, the hope that aids disaster work. They are the gracious community-minded people that support the American Red Cross in so many ways.
 
Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots campaign that invites local business people, school and church groups, civic clubs and individuals to pledge to raise $1,000 for their local Red Cross Chapter. We invite you to support your local Heroes, or become one yourself, beginning in the month of March.
 
It’s an extremely rewarding way to help the Red Cross help others – whether we’re providing shelter, food and emergency financial assistance to disaster victims; transmitting important messages to military members overseas; or training your community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.

“When people join the Red Cross by volunteering, donating blood, taking a course or making a contribution, they enable us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world,” Hansen said.

About the Northeast Wisconsin Region:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Lakeland, Outagamie and Scenic Shores Chapters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NewRedCross.org. We are also on Facebook (American Red Cross – Northeast Wisconsin Region) and Twitter (NEWRedCross). Our blog can be found at arcgbw.wordpress.com.

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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