Submitted by the Red Cross
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,” said Karen Ferguson, Branch Director, American Red Cross of CNY. “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.
The American Red Cross of Central New York’s Oswego Branch, responded and provided assistance in 43 local disasters last year. The chapter processed 295 emergency military calls, and trained over 25,000 people in Health and Safety and Preparedness classes.
“We work very diligently to help those in need,” Ferguson said. “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.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.
“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 American Red Cross of Central New York’s Oswego Branch, has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month in March, including: multiple Celebrity Bartender events, a meal at Canale’s event, blood drives, and grab a bite at the local Wendy’s and purchase a Red Cross square. Keep an eye out around town to see our a month-long advertisement in the Chamber window, our Red Cross flag will be raised for the month at the County building and look for our American Red Cross mannequin “manni” around town. We will also be featuring discussions and Red Cross staff speakers at various organizations and events in addition to sending our Emergency Response Vehicle team to the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department breakfast.
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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.