During Red Cross Month, Help People In Need
By Supporting the American Red Cross
Red Cross Community Event on March 10 Has Something for Everyone
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,” said Regional CEO John R. Hughes. “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.
Last year in the greaterLehighValley, the Red Cross responded to 97 local emergencies, assisting 501 men, women and children; sent 256 emergency communications to military families; and trained 18,691 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated more than 1,300 units of blood.
In recognition of Red Cross Month, the Greater Lehigh Valley Red Cross will hold a community event on March 10 at the Lehigh Valley Mall inWhitehall. Activities include:
|Blood drive||11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS to make your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.|
|Children’s activities||11 a.m. – 2 p.m.|
|Citizen CPR training||1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 610-865-4400, ext. 247 to register.|
|Blood pressure screenings||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.|
All activities are free and open to the public.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 http://blog.redcross.org.