During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the Everyday Heroes who give of themselves to help their communities.
Without their continued support, the Red Cross would be unable to provide assistance when needed.
“During this month – and every day – please remember those who help all of us by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Sheryl Beauchaine, CEO for the Southwest Washington Region of the American Red Cross.
“We want to thank our all of our Everyday Heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need,” Beauchaine continued.
Every year, the Red Cross 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. It 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.
Locally, the numbers are just as impressive. There are over 3,000 volunteers in SW Washington region, and over the past year, those volunteers:
- responded to 107 fires, 10 floods and three storm-related incidents
- provided relief for 149 families affected by local disasters
- trained over 16,000 people in lifesaving and disaster-preparedness skills
- provided outreach programs to 302 members of the Armed Forces and their families
In addition, residents from our area donated approximately 25,000 units of blood through sponsored blood drives and at the Clark County Blood Donor Center.
“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,” Beauchaine explained. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.
For more information, click here to go to the American Red Cross website, or call the SW Washington regional office at 360-693-5821.