• Special to the Leader & Times
March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class, or giving blood.
“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, gives blood, takes a first aid class, or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” local manager Sherry Helmke said. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to all who support us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”
For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president since have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.
The Red Cross has been helping people for 130 years, responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, teaching lifesaving skills, and serving as one of the largest blood suppliers in the United States.
Nationally, the Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families, and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
The Liberal Red Cross, responded and provided assistance in seven local disasters last year. Conducted 116 first aid and water safety classes, and collected more than 600 blood donations.
“We work very diligently to help those in need,” Helmke said. “Whether out on a disaster, alongside our troops, at a blood drive or in a first aid class, Red Cross workers touch the lives of millions of people every year.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.
“When people join the Red Cross by volunteering, donating blood, taking a course or making a contribution, they enable us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world,” Helmke added.
The local American Red Cross is located at 301 E. 5th St, Liberal. Contact Sherry at 624-8411 to get more information about your Red Cross, to take a class, make a donation or volunteering opportunities.
The next Community Blood Drive will be Thursday, March 31. Go online to redcross.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule a life-saving appointment. Walk-ins are welcome
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.