Since 1943, March has been dubbed #RedCrossmonth, a time to acknowledge the humanitarian efforts of this outstanding organization.
The Red Cross was founded in 1881 by, Clarissa Harlowe Barton, a woman who put her life on the line to bring supplies to wounded soldiers on Civil War battled. The ARC has kept the example of it’s founder engrained in it’s DNA. 90 percent of the workforce are volunteers and the organization is a foundation for disaster relief worldwide. It has extended relief to global crisis of all magnitudes through the spirit of people helping other people. This year’s Red Cross Month campaign is calling for you to a “hero in your community.”
“During Red Cross Month, we honor the volunteer heroes who help families overcome life’s emergencies every day,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “These champions are our neighbors — ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to ease the suffering of others, whether it’s saving a person’s life with CPR, donating blood for a hospital patient with life-threatening conditions, or comforting a family overwhelmed by a home fire or other crisis. We ask you to consider joining these heroes to answer the call for service in your community.”
The ARC notes the ongoing need for help, and in the last year they responded to over 62,000 disasters. On their website, the ARC suggest ways to be a hero, examples include giving blood at one of their blood drives or taking one of their life saving courses.