Support the American Red Cross during Red Cross Month

February 29, 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 Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region.

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. In addition, Governor Dayton has proclaimed March 2012 as American Red Cross Month in Minnesota, encouraging, “…all Minnesotans to support the organization and its noble mission, and to lend their time and talents to make our country and world a better place.”

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 state of Minnesota, 237,846 units of blood were donated and Red Cross Chapters in Minnesota responded to 619 local emergencies, assisted 1,689 military families and trained 185,996 people in lifesaving skills.

“I’d also like to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us to help people across the United States and around the world,” said Phil Hansen, Regional CEO of the Northern Minnesota Region. “Their kindness enables us to continue our work, both here at home across the globe.”

For more information on Red Cross Month activities in your area, please visit blood donation opportunities near you, please visit

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