Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert Recognizes March as Red Cross Month
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared March as Red Cross Month in Utah, stating, in part:
“Whereas, the American Red Cross has helped Americans prepare for and respond to disasters for more than a century; I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, do hereby declare March 2010 as Red Cross Month.”
Throughout March, American Red Cross chapters and blood regions across the country will celebrate with special events, trainings, and fundraisers that give the public a chance to learn more about the Red Cross and ways to get involved. In the past year, the Red Cross in Utah responded to 114 local emergencies, was the sole supplier of blood to 33 Utah hospitals, assisted 1,753 military families, and trained 107,581 people in lifesaving skills.
The Red Cross in Utah has organized the following special events during the month of March:
- Sixty Minutes with the Red Cross – During the month of March, the Red Cross of Northern Utah will host 1-hour CPR made simple and Be Red Cross Ready classes for free. These workshops will be held at Chapter offices and other locations in the Weber/Davis/Cache/Box Elder County areas. Call 801-627-0000 to sign up.
- Annual Red Cross Heroes Event – March 3, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The Red Cross will give a dozen awards to individuals who have saved a life or made the community a better, safer place.
- The annual Run for Red 5k on March 6, 10 AM at Independence High School in Provo.
- Blood donations at the four American Red Cross donor centers in Layton, Salt Lake City, Orem and St George. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or schedule your appointment online.
“The Red Cross wants to thank Governor Herbert for supporting us, and for issuing this declaration in honor of March as Red Cross Month,” said Maxine Margaritis, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in Utah. “We are proud to be the place where everyday people can do extraordinary things.”
Julia Wulf, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Blood Services Region in Salt Lake City said, “We want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Utah who donate blood. The need for blood is constant. In Utah the Red Cross strives to collect 440 of units of blood every day. We appreciate the blood drive sponsors, volunteers, and donors who make it possible for us to meet the demand year after year.”