It’s been 75 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed March as Red Cross Month to raise awareness of the organization and its humanitarian mission. All U.S. presidents since Roosevelt have continued the tradition, recognizing how the Red Cross, powered by a workforce that’s 90 percent volunteers, helps people across the country and around the world.
Every eight minutes in the U.S., the Red Cross connects with a family who has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster—the roof over their heads, their clothes, their most cherished possessions. Last year in Georgia, volunteers statewide provided shelter, hot meals, new clothing, health services and emotional support for 4,600 families following nearly 3,000 local disasters ranging from daily home fires to large-scale emergencies like the devastating tornadoes that hit Southwest Georgia last March.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
On March 25, Red Cross Giving Day, donate at redcross.org/givingday to #help1family who loses nearly everything to a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief like food, shelter and other essentials. Donations are key to saving lives because they fund nearly 100 percent of Red Cross disaster relief activities. You can also:
• Become a volunteer: Help families affected by disasters and install lifesaving smoke alarms to keep neighbors safe from home fires. In some areas, you can also provide emergency assistance for military members and veterans or help reconnect families separated by international conflict.
• Give blood: Make an appointment to donate lifesaving blood or platelets.
• Learn lifesaving skills: Register for a class to learn first aid, CPR and other skills.
• Connect: Visit our website at www.redcross.org/georgia.
– Special to the Courier er (@GARedCross).
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