President Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the country, a tradition upheld by each of our nation’s leaders since President Franklin D. Roosevelt first recognized Red Cross Month in 1943.
The American Red Cross is one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, throughout the world.
The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in Washington D.C. on May 21,1881. Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years aiding United Stated military during Spanish American War, overseas disaster relief efforts, and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the global Red Cross network.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
American Red Cross month recognizes he country’s everyday heroes – heroes who reach out to help people in need. These are the people who –
Help disaster victims get on the road to recovery.
Give blood to help a hospital patient
Brighten the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
Take one of our lifesaving classes and step forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. You can work on a preparedness plan with members of your household so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Or you can give blood or a financial donation.
If you are interested in volunteering for American Red Cross go to http://www.redcross.org/support.