March is Red Cross Month

March 10, 2010

With March proclaimed as Red Cross Month by President Barack Obama, the Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region would also like to recognize and thank blood donors and volunteers across the region whose efforts enable the Red Cross to provide blood and blood products to hospital patients both down the street and across the country.

The American Red Cross touches the lives of millions of people every year through its network of 34,000 employees and more than 600,000 volunteers in more than 2,000 locations across the United States and more than 30 countries around the world.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation in 1943, recognizing the American Red Cross as a true reflection of the humanitarian and volunteer spirit and calling on Americans to “rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.” Every president since that time has recognized the work of the Red Cross with a Red Cross Month.

Today, the Red Cross employs the use of medical science and cutting edge technology to assure that blood is safely delivered to a patient from a volunteer blood donor.

Every two seconds someone needs blood, but only a small percentage of the eligible U.S. population donates blood in any given year.

To learn more about the American Red Cross or to schedule your next blood donation click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS.