Recognize heroes who bring hope to people in need during Red Cross Month
WENATCHEE - The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month.
“March is Red Cross Month, the perfect time to honor our Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies,” said Megan Snow, Executive Director of the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. Every eight minutes, Red Cross disaster workers respond to a community disaster, 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 at home and around the world. It must collect nearly 14,000 donations of blood every day to meet patient needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
Since the start of fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016), the Red Cross serving the Greater Inland Northwest has assisted 211 families impacted by disasters, installed over 600 free smoke alarms, trained 3,100 people in lifesaving skills and supported 200 military families facing various crises.
The Greater Inland Northwest Chapter has activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:
March 23, 2017; 6-7:30 p.m. – Honoring Hometown Heroes Celebration – honoring local acts of heroism and service in Grant, Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan counties. Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee. Free and open to the public, although RSVPs are requested: (509) 663-3907
Multiple bloods drives will also be occurring throughout the month in Wenatchee, Okanogan, Mattawa and other locations. For a full list of Red Cross blood drives, visit www.redcrossblood.org
More information about how people can support the organization is available on redcross.org. 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 the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross