March is American Red Cross Month
President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation recognizing March as American Red Cross Month, a tradition dating back to 1943 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the first such proclamation.
For over 90 years the American Red Cross, River Counties Chapter, has provided disaster relief and emergency services to victims of disaster in Lancaster, Middlesex, and Richmond counties. It is a volunteer-driven organization with a 98% volunteer workforce.
Thanks to these committed volunteers the emergency services are available to those in need, such as victims of a house fire, at any time of day or night, seven days a week.
“Throughout the month of March we are asking our community to help us help others by supporting our Heroes Campaign,” said Julie Dudley, executive director of the River Counties Chapter, which is based in Kilmarnock. “Each Hero has committed to collecting $1,000 through the end of the month to support the life saving work of the Red Cross.”
Local heroes include: Betsy Chambers, Jameson Crandall, Sean Donahue, Lloyd Hubbard, Frederick Johnson, Mary Jones, Joe Kaufhold, Ava Lewis, Jane Ludwig and Saluda Baptist Church.
“We hope everyone in our community will consider supporting the River Counties Chapter so that we can continue to be there, whether it is a hurricane or heart attack, a call for blood or a call for help,” said Paul Sciacchitano, board chair.
To learn how you can be an American Red Cross Hero, volunteer or make a donation, call the American Red Cross, River Counties Chapter at 435-7669. For the month of March, the chapter is offering gift certificates to reduce the cost of CPR and first aid courses.