West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate celebrate Red Cross during Red Cross Month.
CHARLESTON, W.V. (March 9, 2017) — Red Cross employees and volunteers were celebrated on Monday, March 6, in the Capitol of West Virginia for the state’s Red Cross Day.
After employees and volunteers from the Red Cross were recognized by the House of Delegates and the State Senate, they visited the office of West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice where they met his chief of staff, Nick Casey.
The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881. At first, the American Red Cross devoted its efforts to humanitarian and disaster relief, but expanded to include safety training, accident prevention, home care for the sick, nutrition education and much more.
During World War II, the American Red Cross introduced the first nationwide civilian blood program that now supplies more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products in this country. Shortly thereafter, in 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt first declared March to be Red Cross Month.
The Red Cross must collect 14,000 units of blood every day to meet the needs of thousands of patients and more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide. The Red Cross could not fulfill its lifesaving mission without the help and support of volunteers and donors.
Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood at a local drive. Visit http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter your zip code. Or become a volunteer by visiting http://www.redcrossblood.org/volunteer.