March is Red Cross Month, in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe – and of how we depend on public support to help people in need.
Thanks to support from individuals, organizations and businesses here in the CSRA, the American Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small; help members of the military, veterans and their families; provide blood for those in need; and teach lifesaving skills.
We want to thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world. You can help by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class or giving blood.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. We provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collect and distribute more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; and train more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year.
Here in the Augusta area, the Augusta Chapter responded to 174 local emergencies, assisted 612 military families and trained 5,912 people in lifesaving skills.
Red Cross Month is the perfect time for people to become a part of our mission and help people in need by making a donation, volunteering, giving blood or taking a class. Please help us help those in need – please support the American Red Cross.
(The writer is chairman of the board of directors for the Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross.)