Thursday, March 7, 2013
In the past few months, the Red Cross has assisted 15 Summerville families devastated by home fires. Red Cross disaster trained volunteers are the individuals who respond to the emergency needs of these families. If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, please visit www.lowcountryredcross.org and click on volunteer.
During Red Cross Month the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who in some way help their community by giving of themselves.
• It’s a great time to celebrate and recognize the Everyday Heroes in your community as well as uncover your inner hero by giving your time to help your neighbor, making a financial or blood donation or taking a Red Cross class in First Aid and CPR.
• For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people in need, and thanks its heroes during Red Cross Month – their volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help them fulfill their mission of serving those in need.
• March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since then, President Obama and every other president has designated March as Red Cross Month.
Red Cross Month is an ideal time to be part of the Red Cross, and there are variety of ways to do it.
• Work on a preparedness plan for your household so you will be ready for emergencies.
• Download the free Red Cross apps for mobile devices such as the First Aid, hurricane or earthquake apps. These tools put preparedness and disaster information at your fingertips.
• Become a Red Cross volunteer. There are many different ways to help – serving meals and distributing supplies during a disaster, supporting our nation’s members of the Armed Forces and their families, becoming a blood donor or taking Red Cross classes are just a few.
The Red Cross expressed its gratitude to the people in this country for their generous support. Thanks to them, the Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small, to help members of the military, provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and teach lifesaving skills.
• The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
• An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in humanitarian services and programs.