American Red Cross Month

March 5, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.

The Red Cross has blood donor centers in Layton, Salt Lake City, Orem and St. George in addition to mobile blood drives throughout the state.

“Please remember those who need our help and support the Red Cross by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, or giving blood,” said Julia Wulf, chief executive officer of the Lewis and Clark Blood Service Region. 

March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President 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 responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It 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; 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 life-saving skills every year.

Here in Utah in 2011, the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter responded to 123 local emergencies, assisted 1,571 individuals with basic needs following those emergencies, facilitated 1,257 Emergency Military Communications, and trained 86,873 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 117,839 units of blood.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission, which is to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.” said Maxine Margaritis, CEO, American Red Cross Utah Region. “Their generosity will enable us to continue our work, here in Utah, across the United States and around the world.”

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping the people the Red Cross services.

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 join our blog at For more information about the American Red Cross in Utah please visit or and enter your zip code.