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During Red Cross Month, We Honor the Everyday Heroes
Who Help Our Communities  
CANTON, February 21, 2014 — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves to help their community.
“We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need,” said Kim Kroh, Executive Director for the American Red Cross of Stark County Chapter. “The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its life changing work.”
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. 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 more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
During the 2013 fiscal year, the Stark County Chapter assisted 127 families who experienced a disaster; provided 2,144 services to military members, veterans and families, including emergency communications; counseled 423 rape survivors and transported 1,007 medical clients.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” said Kroh. “This March during Red Cross Month, we’re encouraging everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help a neighbor, make a financial or blood donation or take a Red Cross class in First Aid and CPR.”
Locally the American Red Cross Stark County Chapter is in need of Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers. Red Cross trained DAT volunteers are there in times of disaster providing comfort, hope and emergency items, no matter the time of day, year or the season. If interested in volunteering, please call the chapter at 330-453-0146, or go to:
Join us for our Annual Event: BASH 2014, Fundraiser, Saturday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Maps Air Museum in North Canton.
About the American Red Cross:
The Northeast Ohio Region of the American Red Cross serves 22 counties and their 4.5 million residents by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Visit our individual chapters on Facebook or follow us @NEORedCross on Twitter.
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