Red Cross Celebrating Red Cross Month in March
MADISON, Wis. (March 4, 2014) — March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is recognizing everyday people across the country who reach out to help their neighbors in need.
“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our health and safety classes and those who make financial contributions that enable us to help residents in Iowa and Wisconsin,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them, while encouraging everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to assist people in our community.”
For more than 70 years, every U.S. president, including Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize the ways in which the Red Cross helps people. In the last fiscal year, the Red Cross, with nearly 400,000 volunteers, responded to 61,109 disasters; collected about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply from 3.3 million donors; trained 2.3 million people in first aid, CPR and AED; conducted disaster preparedness education presentations for 2.3 million people; provided support to 334,800 members of the military and veterans, as well as their families; and offered international assistance to 100 million people from 72 countries.
In Iowa, in the last fiscal year, the Red Cross mobilized 1,559 volunteers to assist 632 families after disasters; collect 50,499 pints of blood; train 48,065 people in first aid, CPR, AED, aquatics, water safety and care giving; teach disaster preparedness to 15,765 people; and provide support to 1,245 service members. In Wisconsin, in the last fiscal year, the Red Cross mobilized 2,843 volunteers to assist 3,426 families after disasters; collect 142,172 pints of blood; train 94,671 people in first aid, CPR, AED, aquatics, water safety and care giving; teach disaster preparedness to 37,517 people; and provide support to 2,702 service members.
“March is a great time for people to become a part of the Red Cross,” Novinska said, noting that the Red Cross isn’t a government agency, with an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends being invested in humanitarian services. “You can become a Red Cross volunteer, develop a preparedness plan for your household, give blood or take a Red Cross class.”
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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.