Celebrating our Everyday Heroes

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During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give their time and effort to contribute to all of our communities.

“Please think of those who help their neighbors and our communities in Ohio,” said Matt Bertram, CEO of the Red Cross Central-Southeast Ohio region. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class participants and financial supporters who allow us to help those in need.”

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 73 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, 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 by 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 about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in CPR, first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

During the past year, the American Red Cross of Central-Southeast Ohio responded to over 600 local emergencies, sent 700 emegency messages to and from military families, trained over 40,000 residents and provided over 15,000 trips to medical appointments for seniors and those with disabilities. Everyday Heroes from this area donated 220,000 units of blood.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of our Red Cross family and there are many different ways to do it,” Betram said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a volunteer, give blood, or take one of our classes, just to name a few.”

Because the Red Cross is not a government agency, it 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.

We rely on volunteers for 98% of our life-saving work. During Red Cross Month, any member of the community can be become an Everyday Hero by volunteering for disaster relief, community transportation, blood drives, and more.   Visit redcross.org to get started.

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 join our blog at columbusredcross.wordpress.com.

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