March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the nation’s everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in southeastern Indiana,” said John Ryle, Southeastern Indiana Chapter executive director. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.
“For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
Red Cross personnel respond to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes, big and small, in this country every year. They provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collect and distribute about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and train millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
In Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, the Southeastern Indiana Chapter responded to 16 local emergencies, assisted two military families and trained numerous people in lifesaving skills in 2013.
“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” Ryle said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood or take a Red Cross class.”
The organization is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.
The Southeastern Indiana Chapter has a number of activities planned for the month, including new volunteer orientations March 27 and 29. Persons can call 812-537-9036 to reserve a seat.