OMAHA – The month of March marks American Red Cross Month as the Red Cross is honoring more than 300,000 people who volunteer to make its lifesaving mission possible.
According to a release from Red Cross, U.S. presidents have proclaimed March as Red Cross Month for nearly 80 years to recognize people giving back through the organization’s lifesaving mission — which is powered by more than 90% volunteers.
Committed to helping all those in need, Red Cross volunteers provide emergency support, such as disaster relief, lifesaving blood, critical services for military families and veterans, lifesaving skills like CPR, international aid and so much more.
This year the Red Cross salutes all the heroes who make a difference in their communities by donating blood or platelets; volunteering to help people impacted by a disaster; taking a first aid or CPR class to help in an emergency and providing comfort to a member of the military, a veteran or their family.
The American Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the country providing hope and comfort to people in need; trains and provides information to more than 4.5 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives; collects more than 6.4 million units of blood from nearly 2.6 million volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients at hospitals and transfusion centers across the country; provides more than 513,000 support services to military members, veterans and their families and helps nearly 250 million people outside the U.S. through disaster management and disease prevention efforts.
Visit redcross.org/neia or redcross.org/iowa for more information.