March is Red Cross Month and we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need. This month launches our annual fundraising campaign and search for everyday heroes doing extraordinary acts in our community culminating with the Hometown Heroes Luncheon on May 14.
These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy. Families can work together on a preparedness plan for their entire household. People can sign up to take a class, volunteer their time, or make a financial donation.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in Southeast Tennessee, we responded to nearly 368 local emergencies, assisted 350 military families and trained 8,100 people in lifesaving skills.
Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to people for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.
Oscar Brock, Board Chairman
Southeast Tennessee Chapter
American Red Cross