National Red Cross Month encourages volunteer activity, blood donation
For 133 years, the American Red Cross has helped individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. And each spring since 1942, starting with Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. President acknowledges the American Red Cross and encourages volunteerism by issuing a proclamation that declares March as Red Cross Month.
‘”We touch lives down the street, across the country and around the world,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “And it’s your support that allows us to be there every day for the millions of people who depend on us during their time of need.”
In 1881, 60-year-old Clara Barton launched the American Red Cross based on a European movement that provided relief and protection to wounded soldiers. Now, 133 years later, the Red Cross continues to help individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Red Cross Month celebrates the services and volunteers in areas like blood donation, disaster relief, health and safety training, and support to military members and their families.
Red Cross officials say it’s easy to get involved in helping to effect change in your community. Volunteers can give blood, donate their time and talents, or make financial contributions. Nationwide, more than 500,000 volunteers make a difference through Red Cross services.
Locally, the Red Cross blood program supports patients at 41 hospitals across 27 counties. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. Donated blood helps accident victims, premature infants, those being treated for cancers or blood disorders, and help make routine surgeries possible.
“Whatever way you give – be it through blood donation, volunteerism or financial contribution – you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping to change lives,” said Wilson. “Without people like you, there would be no American Red Cross.”
Those interested in giving blood can find a blood drive and make an appointment by contacting the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).