The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month.
“March is Red Cross Month, the perfect time to honor our Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies,” said Jennifer Ross, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Eastern South Dakota. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission; they respond to community disasters, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. In 2016, the Red Cross provided immediate assistance to more than 2,600 South Dakotans affected by disasters of all sizes and complexities from single home fires to tornadoes, floods and wildfires.
Red Cross volunteers installed 2,094 free smoke alarms in homes across South Dakota, and helped 9,233 South Dakotans prepare and stay safe through education and applying lifesaving technology, such as the Red Cross Preparedness Apps that alert people to dangerous weather conditions.
More than 550 South Dakota military families were provided vital services, including emergency communication, through the American Red Cross’ Hero Care Network in 2016. And, people from this area donated nearly 4,900 units of blood.
“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” said Ross. “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke detectors and tell your neighbors to do the same. Or sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial donation.”
This year, we are proud to be celebrating a century of service in the Dakotas Region. More information about how people can support the Red Cross is available on redcross.org/southdakota