Blood donation opportunities in March

For more than 135 years, the American Red Cross has stepped into the breach, providing shelter, food, and emotional support to victims of natural disaster, war, conflict, and unexpected hardship.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 100 years. When those in need see that recognizable symbol of hope, the Red Cross, they see the hearts of the American people at work -- an incredibly powerful thing. Here in Montana, Red Cross volunteers assist people during emergencies, teach lifesaving skills, donate blood or give financially to help people in need. We are deeply grateful.

The comfort, care, and relief provided by the American Red Cross serves a great mission. "During Red Cross month, we thank them for their tremendous support".

To help kick off the celebration, the Red Cross is hosting a Holiday Hero Centennial Celebration blood drive on March 8 from noon to 7 the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, in the West Wing, 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville.

"Hawaii has no shortage of everyday heroes", said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Hawaii Red Cross CEO. "Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home".

Second, test your smoke detectors and ask your neighbors to do the same.

You can use your time and talent to change a life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer.

People can also join our mission by signing up to be a Red Cross volunteer by calling 472-6217.

Through the effort of volunteers, the Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state.

In fiscal year 2016, the Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross, which includes the Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter, helped more than 1,700 families affected by house fires or other disasters; provided more than 5,200 services for military members, veterans and their families; and trained almost 61,000 community members in health and safety.

To perform its vital national and worldwide roles, the Red Cross relies on volunteers and the support of the American people.

  • Leroy Wright