Support the American Red Cross and Wisconsin Lions in March — Red Cross Month

February 20, 2012

During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides. Individuals can get involved by giving blood, getting trained, volunteering or making a financial donation.

To further celebrate Red Cross Month, the Red Cross has partnered with the Wisconsin Lions for the second consecutive year to help collect eyeglasses and hearing aids that can be refurbished and distributed to those in need throughout the world. Collection containers will be available at all Red Cross blood drives throughout Wisconsin the entire month of March.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission. You can enrich your community and make a real difference by volunteering your time and talent or donating blood,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We are proud to partner with the Wisconsin Lions in serving our communities by providing opportunities to recycle eyeglasses and hearing aids – making them useful once again for someone in need.”

The month of March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year. It responds to nearly 70,000 disasters in the U.S. annually, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world.

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 or

About Lions Club International

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit