The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross responds to disasters big and small. In fact, every eight minutes, the organization responds to a community disaster, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The Red Cross collects nearly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; provides 24-hour support to military members, veterans and their families; teaches millions lifesaving skills, such as lifeguarding and CPR; and through its Restoring Family Links program, connects family members separated by crisis, conflict or migration. All of the inner workings of the Red Cross have a major impact on the fabric of society. So much so, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the first Presidential Proclamation of March as Red Cross Month in 1943.
Each year, the president of the United States proclaims March "Red Cross Month.” This month is used as a chance to honor and celebrate the everyday heroes who help us fulfill our mission. The American Red Cross has a long history of helping our neighbors in need. American Red Cross Monthisa special time to recognize and thank volunteers and donors who give their time and resources to help their community in state, throughout the country and across the globe.
The support and help of each donor and volunteer alike have remained invaluable, since the start of the Red Cross movement. Helping families find shelter after a home fire, giving blood to help trauma victims and cancer patients, delivering comfort items to military members in the hospital, using lifesaving skills to save someone from a heart attack and enabling children around the globe to be vaccinated against measles are important aspects of the Red Cross’ commitment to alleviating human suffering and promoting resiliency.
The American Red Cross will continue to applaud all those people who continue to help their neighbors when they need a helping hand.