For the last 70 years, March has been declared American Red Cross Month which is focused on recognizing the everyday heroes in our community who embody the mission of the Red Cross. Everyday heroes are people like you and me who help out our communities when needed. This is from giving blood, teaching others, making financial contributions and more. The Red Cross responds to situations and disasters around the world with on average 70,000 disasters each year The Red Cross provides support to those suffering from disaster, as well as, military, veterans and their families. The Red Cross collects and distributes 40% of the United States blood supply. This is an astonishing number.
There are ways you can help. If you have time, you can volunteer at your local Red Cross office. For specific volunteer options, please learn more here. You can give blood to help those who are life threatening situations. You can become a digital advocate by sharing the Red Cross stories to your social media community. You can also become a volunteer instructor teaching your local community about safety and lifesaving skills. If you do not have time, you can also donate dollars to help the efforts of the Red Cross.
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/oc or visit us on Twitter at @OCRedCross.