March is Red Cross Month: Serve Our Communities through Blood Donation
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is asking you to help people in need. You can help in a variety of ways, such as donating blood, volunteering your time, making a donation or taking a class to learn lifesaving skills.
“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, gives blood, takes a first aid class or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” said Alan Gibson, Communications Manager. “We want to thank everyone who supports us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”
For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents called on Americans to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March Red Cross Month in 1943. Every president since Roosevelt followed suit by issuing proclamations designating March Red Cross Month.
The Red Cross began helping people 131 years ago by responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, teaching lifesaving skills, and serving as one of the largest blood suppliers in the United States. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families, and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
“We work very diligently to help those in need,” Gibson said. “Whether out on a disaster, alongside our troops, at a blood drive or in a first aid class, Red Cross workers touch the lives of millions of people every year.”
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.