March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross recognizes our everyday heroes who help their community by giving of themselves. It is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, or taking a Red Cross class.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families, collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
In South Florida we have responded to 408 local emergencies; provided financial assistance to 518 families following a disaster; trained 14,698 people in life-saving skills and assisted 207 military families. We thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an everyday hero during by helping their neighbors.
Sam Tidwell, CEO, American Red Cross South Florida Region, Miami