March is Red Cross Month, A Time to Recognize Everyday Heroes

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The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. For the American Red Cross individuals who roll-up their sleeves to donate blood, take classes so they are prepared to save a life in a health crisis, local disaster responders who help families affected by natural and man-made disasters and financial contributors are all Heroes as they allow us to support our local communities each and every day. 

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Throughout Wisconsin, our trained responders supported 935 local emergencies, assisted 4,433 military families and trained 99,588 people in lifesaving skills, plus 4,500 local blood drives support 44 Wisconsin hospitals.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Red Cross Recognizes Everyday Heroes During Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month - Volunter datMarch is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.

“Our local heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us, help others, throughout our communities” said Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director.  “During Red Cross Month, we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero!” 

For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

Here in Wisconsin, we respond to more than a 1,000 disasters (mostly residential fires) and we must be ready to respond 24/7/365. In addition to helping someone down the street, we send trained responders to hurricane, tornado and wildfire responses across the country. We teach kids to adults lifesaving skills, we roll-up our sleeves to donate blood, we even provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world.

‘Not all heroes wear capes and volunteering is a great way to be someone’s hero,” gleamed Weyers. “It’s easy, become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.”

A number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, includes:

March 4th – Blood Drive, Bellin Hospital, 744 S. Webster Avenue, Green Bay, 6:30a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

March 6thWe open our newest Nurse Assistant Training location in La Crosse. This brings our statewide total to six training locations with courses happening almost monthly. State Farm, Walmart and the Waupaca Community Foundation are funding student scholarships.  www.redcross.org/WINAT.

March 6th – Blood Drive – American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 13th – Blood Drive – American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

March 14th – Blood Drive – Bay Area Medical Center, 3100 Shore Drive, Marinette 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

March 16thMembers of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Red Cross Club, Student Veterans Association and Americorps/Vet Corps will coordinate a King Veteran Home resident’s bingo and bowling outing.

 March 20th – Blood Drive – American Red Cross, 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Facebook-Cover-Photo-event-pageMarch 27th – Dine Out For Disaster Relief – Bring your hunger to participating restaurants where a percentage of your sales will be donated to support disaster relief and life-saving preparedness programs locally.  www.redcross.org/dineoutwisconsin is presented by Society Insurance.

March 27th – Blood Drive – University of Wisconsin-Marinette Activities Room, 750 W. Bay Shore Street, Marinette, Wisconsin 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

March 31st – UWGB Red Cross Awareness Concert with Rob Anthony playing at the UWGB Common Grounds from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. 

ALL MONTH LONG:

  • Flags will fly over the Fond du Lac bridge.
  • Residents in Sheboygan County can receive FREE life-saving training thanks to a United Way partnership to make our families safer!
  • All Health & Safety classes can be found at http://www.redcross.org/takeaclass
  • US Bank ATM’s have a “donate” option for the Red Cross.
  • When filing your Wisconsin State Taxes, you can use the donation “check off” to give directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Every dollar stays in Wisconsin.
  • Donate the gift of life – give blood! Our Green Bay Blood Donation Center at 2131 Deckner Avenue collects blood four to five days a week and includes evening and weekend hours. Walk-ins welcome or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
  • To learn more about volunteering go to www.redcross.org/volunteer or contact Jody Weyers at 920-227-4287 or jody.weyers@redcross.org.

March is Red Cross Month

Each year the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” How did this tradition come about?

Since Clara Barton created the American Red Cross in 1881, it was largely dependent for publicity and funds on the spontaneous support of people who learned of catastrophic events and the Red Cross’s response to them. News of an event broke. The American Red Cross rushed to the scene with help. People around the country came forth with outpourings of volunteer assistance and donations of funds and supplies.

A change occurred in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. After declaring war, President Woodrow Wilson ordered the American Red Cross to raise funds to support its aid to the military and civilians affected by war, as Congress had mandated. In response, the Red Cross held its first national War Fund drive in June 1917 and set as its goal $100 million, an astoundingly large sum. The public response was immediate and overwhelming.

After the war, the Red Cross decided to make the Roll Call an annual membership and fund-raising drive. In addition, it conducted special appeals from time to time in response to major disasters.

In November 1941, with war in Europe, the Red Cross conducted a highly successful 25th Annual Roll Call. A few days later, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. The American Red Cross responded immediately by declaring a War Fund campaign. By June 1942, it had raised more than $66 million.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the month of March 1943 as “Red Cross Month.” The Red Cross set a goal of $125 million, the largest amount ever requested in one campaign by any American organization. Again, the response was overwhelming. It took less than six weeks to reach the target. By June 1943, donations totaled nearly $146 million. Roosevelt called it “the greatest single crusade of mercy in all of history.”

“This success compelled the Red Cross to repeat the March drive during the remaining years of the war and to make it the occasion of its annual membership and fund-raising efforts ever since. As part of the tradition, the President customarily issues a proclamation each year declaring March as Red Cross Month.

This Red Cross Month, we are thanking our supporters and urging people in America to continue to be involved with their Red Cross. The Red Cross works tirelessly to be there with help and hope when people need it most, and we are grateful for the public support that enables us to continue our work, here at home and abroad.

Red Cross Month is a great time for people to get involved with the Red Cross by:

• Donating blood

• Signing up for a CPR, first aid or another Red Cross course

• Giving a financial gift that can really save the day when the next disaster strikes

• Getting involved as a volunteer

We’re proud of our history and appreciative of the volunteers, employees and supporters who have given time, blood or contributions to enable the Red Cross to perform its life-saving mission.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to http://www.redcross.org