Red Cross Asks People to Join During Red Cross Month

March 2, 2011

Organization Helping Those in Need for 130 Years

March 1, 2011 — March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class, or giving blood.

“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,” Scott R. Salemme, regional chief officer for the Columbia Region of the Central South Carolina Chapter. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to all who support us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president since have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

The Red Cross has been helping people for 130 years, responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, teaching lifesaving skills, and serving as one of the largest blood suppliers in the United States.Nationally, the Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families, and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Last year the Central South Carolina Chapter responded and provided assistance to 413 local disasters and helped 2,109 individuals and their families when they needed it most.  The chapter helped 2,051 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals.Our chapter trained 21,350 individuals in First Aid, CPR and AED and 2,751 in water safety.  

In addition, the South Carolina Blood Services Region collected 112,430 blood donations to help hospital patients in need.

“We work very diligently to help those in need,” said Salemme. “Whether out on a disaster, alongside our troops, at a blood drive or in a first aid class, Red Cross workers touch the lives of millions of people every year.  When people join the Red Cross by volunteering, donating blood, taking a course or making a contribution, they enable us to continue our work, both here at home, and around the world.”

The Central South Carolina Chapter and the South Carolina Blood Services Region have the following activities planned for Red Cross Month:

3rd Annual Red, White, and Black Tie Gala

Friday, March 4
7 p.m. 
MedallionCenter, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia


Gabrielle Giffords Safe a Life Saturday

Saturday, March 19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
American Red Cross, 2751 Bull St., Columbia
Free family-friendly event to learn about important life-saving skills.


Touching Lives Tour

Thursday, March 31
7:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m.
American Red Cross, 2751 Bull St., Columbia
One-hour sessions include a tour of the Red Cross facilities plus an opportunity to meet area Red Cross team members and hear inspiring stories about the ways the Red Cross is helping the local community.

For more information about these events, call 803-540-1200 or 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 join our blog at