Support the American Red Cross during Red Cross Month

February 28, 2012

PEORIA, Ill. (February 28, 2012) During Red Cross Month this March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission. Please remember those who need our help, and support the Red Cross by making a donation, giving blood, becoming a volunteer, or taking a class,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Region.  “We’d also like to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us to help people across the United States and around the world.”

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.

Last year in the Heart of America Region, 128,894 units of blood were donated and Red Cross Chapters responded to 1,654 local emergencies, assisted 4,640 military families and trained 585,027 people in lifesaving skills.

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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