Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert Recognizes Red Cross Month

March 1, 2011

Salt Lake City, Utah, (Tuesday, March 1, 2011) —Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared March as Red Cross Month in Utah, stating, in part:

“Whereas, the American Red Cross has helped Americans prepare for and respond to disasters for more than a century; I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, do hereby declare March 2011 as Red Cross Month.”

Throughout March, American Red Cross chapters and blood regions across the country will celebrate with special events, trainings, and fundraisers to give the public a chance to learn more about the Red Cross and find ways to get involved. In the past year, the Red Cross in Utah was the sole supplier of blood to 33 state hospitals, responded to 139 local emergencies, assisted 1,468 military families, and trained 104,855 people in lifesaving skills.

The Red Cross in Utah has organized the following special events during the month of March:

  • The annual Run for Red 5k on March 5, 2011, at 10 AM at Independence High School, 636 Independence Avenue in Provo. 
  • A wide variety of Preparedness, Health and Safety courses. To register or to view a list of available courses, go to utahredcross.org and click on “Take A Class.”

“The Red Cross thanks Governor Herbert for his support, and for this declaration in honor of March as Red Cross Month,” said Maxine Margaritis, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in Utah. “We are proud to help our Utah residents by providing disaster relief and preparedness education.”

Julia Wulf, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Blood Services Region in Salt Lake City said, “The people of Utah are great about donating blood.  We appreciate the blood drive sponsors, volunteers, and donors who make it possible for us to meet the demand year after year.”