Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 1, 2019 – March is Red Cross Month, and the Red Cross of Eastern SC is asking the community to be a hero for families by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, giving blood or donating to #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day on March 27.
“During Red Cross Month, we are proud to recognize our volunteers who provide hope and urgent relief to families in need every day,” said Amy Brauner, executive director, Red Cross of Eastern SC. “These heroes are our neighbors who give blood, save lives with skills like first aid and CPR, or provide care and comfort to families devastated by crises like home fires.”
March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Every U.S. president since Roosevelt has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world through its workforce powered by more than 90 percent volunteers.
Home fires are the most common disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year. In the Eastern SC chapter, nearly 1,500 people received disaster assistance last year. Volunteers drop everything – at any time of the day or night – to help people who have lost everything
HOW YOU CAN #HELP1FAMILY:
• Become a volunteer: Help families affected by disasters and install lifesaving smoke alarms to keep neighbors safe from home fires. 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.
• Make a financial donation: On March 27—American Red Cross Giving Day—donate at redcross.org/givingday, uniting with thousands of people like you to help families during the first devastating hours of a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief, like food, shelter and other essentials, for families who need it most.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC.