March is Red Cross Month

March 26, 2012

Make a Fresh Start This Spring, Become a Blood Donor


March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is asking you to help people in need.  You can help in a variety of ways, such as donating blood, volunteering your time, making a donation or taking a class to learn lifesaving skills.


“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, gives blood, takes a first aid class or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” said Scott Caswell, CEO, Missouri-Illinois region.  “We want to thank everyone who supports us.  That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”


For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents called on Americans to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March Red Cross Month in 1943.  Every president since Roosevelt followed suit by issuing proclamations designating March Red Cross Month.


Not only is this Red Cross Month, but it’s also spring, a time of hope and renewal. 


For hospital patients in need of blood, hope comes from generous volunteer blood donors like you.  You can make a fresh start this spring by becoming a blood donor or increasing your yearly blood donations.


Donate blood and you’ll provide a fresh start to someone in need.  Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and just one blood donation can help save up to three lives. 


Spring into action and give hope by giving blood.  You never know when you or someone you love will need it.