The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during March, Red Cross Month. These everyday heroes include Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All U.S. presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize the ways in which the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
Locally, two friends give blood regularly at a Red Cross blood donation center. “I don’t need it,” one of them jokes. She probably doesn’t think much about it, but every pint she gives can save up to three lives. She’s a hero.
Two Red Cross volunteers respond to a local fire. One writes down the details needed to provide assistance while the other takes in the nonverbal cues, providing emotional support to those affected. There are teams of such men and women scheduled around the clock, every day of the year, ready to respond to disasters large and small. These men and women are ready to provide a blanket, a shoulder, and hope for a return to normalcy. They’re heroes.
A local Red Cross volunteer visits the VA hospital in Columbus two days a week, stocking supplies, taking lunch orders, and providing companionship to the veterans who have regular appointments there. Her acts of service are repeated countess times by Red Cross volunteers at similar hospitals around the world. Other Red Cross volunteers help military families make connections in cases of family emergency. They, too, are heroes.
Many times a day, people click on the Red Cross donation page or drop a check in the mail, making possible all other Red Cross services. These, the least visible of all, are equally heroes.
All it takes to be a Red Cross hero is heart and a bit of time. Create an emergency preparedness plan for your household. Test your smoke alarms and remind your neighbors to do the same. If you don’t have smoke alarms, contact your local Red Cross chapter for assistance. Give blood or make a financial donation.
Or become a Red Cross volunteer. Ninety percent of Red Cross staffers are volunteers. Whether you want to respond to disasters, answer the phone, give presentations to military families…the list is almost endless, and there’s a place for you on it.
Look in the mirror. There’s a Red Cross hero in the making.
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.