Red Cross Month encourages volunteer activity, blood donation
Years can be counted. Timelines can be drawn. But the number of lives affected throughout the history of the American Red Cross is boundless.
For 132 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.
“Chances are, wherever you live or wherever you go, you’re likely to encounter someone whose life has been touched by Red Cross services,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “We’re proud to be an organization of people who band together to help their neighbors—be they next door or around the world.”
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 like blood donations, disaster relief, health and safety training, support to military members and families and international aid.
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.”