Governor Brian Schweitzer Recognizes March as Red Cross Month

March 10, 2010

Governor Brian Schweitzer recently recognized March as American Red Cross Month in Montana, a tradition dating back to 1943, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, signed the first such proclamation. This year the Red Cross is taking time in March to focus on the volunteers and employees who demonstrate such compassion and generosity by supporting the Red Cross in Montana and around the country.

Governor Schweitzer states “I appreciate the hard work of the American Red Cross.  I encourage all citizens of the State of Montana to observe March as “American Red Cross Month” and urge all Montanans to volunteer and to give blood.”

“The Red Cross wants to thank Governor Schweitzer for supporting us, and for honoring March as Red Cross Month,” said Rod Kopp, CEO of the American Red Cross of Montana. “We are proud to be the place where everyday people can do extraordinary things, and we hope our entire community will continue to support us so that we can continue to offer lifesaving services everyday.”

Darla Ewer, Donor Recruitment Manager for Montana said, “The need for blood is constant.  In Montana the Red Cross strives to collect 155 of units of blood every day.  We appreciate the blood drive sponsors, volunteers and employees who make it possible for us to meet the demand year after year.”

Throughout the month of March, more than 700 Red Cross chapters and blood regions across the country will celebrate with special events, trainings and fundraisers that give the public a chance to learn more about the Red Cross and all the ways they can be involved. In the past year alone, the Red Cross in Montana responded to 184 local emergencies, collected 38,789 units of blood, assisted 309 military families and trained 20,130 people in lifesaving skills.

To support your American Red Cross during the month of March, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or schedule an appointment online to donate blood.