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Red Cross Month – a national tradition in March

By Miriam Hodgman

redcrosslogo250RED CROSS MONTH NEWS RELEASE –  March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the nation’s Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.

“Our heroes are our volunteers, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in the Northern Nevada Community,” said Clara Andriola, CEO of the American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”

For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” Andriola said. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, or take a Red Cross class.”

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; 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.

The Northern Nevada Chapter area covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 761,195 people. The chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with the main chapter in Reno and branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca.

The American Red Cross Northern Nevada has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including numerous safety and training classes, disaster preparedness training, state and city presentations, and the 11th Annual Real Heroes Luncheon on March 26 at the Atlantis Resort Casino Spa.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross Northern Nevada chapter area covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 761,195 people. Our chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with our main chapter in Reno and branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca.