|During Red Cross Month, Help People In Need By Supporting the American Red Cross
Long Beach, March 8, 2012— During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.
“Please remember those who need our help and support the Red Cross by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, or giving blood,” Margaret Arbini Madonna, Chief Executive Officer. “We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us help people here at home, across the United States, and around the world.”
March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in the Long Beach area, the Greater Long Beach Chapter responded to twenty eight local emergencies, assisting twenty nine families affected by disasters and 121 military families.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission,” Arbini Madonna said. “Their kindness will enable us to continue our work, both here at home and across the globe.”
The Red Cross 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 the people the Red Cross services.
The Greater Long Beach Chapter has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month at the following locations:
- Saturday. March 17, City of Lakewood, Earth Walk at Monte Verde Park
- Sunday, March 24, Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
- Saturday, March 31, Costco in Signal Hill
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