Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Red Cross Asks People To Join During Red Cross Month.

Organization Helping Those In Need For 130 Years 

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, or taking a class.

“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, takes a first aid class, or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” said, Ellen Knapp, Regional CEO of the Central Valley Chapter. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to all who support us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president since have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

The Red Cross has been helping people for 130 years, responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, and teaching lifesaving skills.

The Central Valley Chapter responded and provided assistance in 446 local disasters last year. The chapter processed 580 emergency military calls, and trained 35,113 individuals in CPR/AED, first aid, and aquatics safety. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time and money to do its work.

In the spirit of Red Cross Month, your local Chapter of the American Red Cross has set a goal to train 1,000 individuals in the Central Valley in FREE CPR or Disaster Preparedness. Throughout March, the Red Cross will come to your business/organization and train groups of 10 to 25 in either a non-certificate “Hands Only Citizen’s CPR” course or a Be “Red Cross Ready” disaster preparedness seminar. Courses will last between 30 minutes to an hour and are a perfect lunchtime treat! For more information or to schedule your training today please contact the American Red Cross at (559) 455-1000.

On March 25, the Central Valley Chapter will be holding our ninth annual Real Heroes event in which we celebrate selfless acts of courage and humanitarian service by real people in our community, at the Chandler Airport - Memley Aviation Hangar. This 1940’s themed night will begin at 5:30pm with a silent auction, followed by the presentation of this year’s heroes, dinner, dancing, and live auction. Tickets are $50 per person and are available on our website www.arccentralvalley.org.