Since World War II, every president has designated March as American Red Cross Month.
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the U.S. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers community services that assist the needy; communications services and comfort for military members and their families; education on preparedness, health and safety; international relief and the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products.
A common question heard during this time is, “How can I give back?” Here are a few ways you can discover your inner hero during National Red Cross Month.
Change lives with your gift. Donate online. Visit RedCross.org to easily donate once or set up a monthly donation.
Take a Class
Get trained and certified so you know how to respond in an emergency. Programs include: first aid, AED, babysitting, CPR, BLS, swimming and water safety, lifeguarding, certified nurse assistant training, and more.
Your time and talent can make a real difference in other people’s lives. Whether you help one displaced family or provide care to an injured service member, it’s the effect of ordinary people that allows the Red Cross to do extraordinary things.
You’ve heard that donating blood is important, but do you know how important? In honor of National Red Cross Month, let’s take a look at the staggering numbers:
• Every 2 seconds, someone is in need of blood.
• Every single day, more than 41,000 blood donations need to be made.
• Without blood transfusions, 4 million people could die each year.
• 38% of the population is eligible for donating blood, but less than 10% actually do it.
As you can see, donating blood is extremely helpful to others (and by helpful, we mean life-saving). But what many don’t realize is that donating blood is beneficial to the donor, as well.
As a donor, donating blood can provide the following benefits:
1. Discover potential health problems. If you have any health problems, doctors can address them before more serious issues arise.
2. Decrease harmful iron stores. Hemochromatosis, a condition that causes an iron overload and can trigger heart attacks and strokes, affects one in every 200 people. Donating blood regularly can lower these effects.
3. Reduce heart attack risks. High levels of iron in the blood can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Donating blood once a year can reduce the risks of a heart attack by 88% and reduce the risk of a major stroke by 80%.
4. Lower risk of developing cancer. Those who donate blood regularly have a lower risk of developing cancer and suffering a stroke compared to those who do not.
5. Gives you a sense of meaning. The average donation is about 1 pint, and every pint can help save 3 people. Someone, somewhere will be getting the blood they need when you donate blood.
Bottom line: donating blood not only helps people in need, but it’s good for you, too.
Giving Back to Our Community During National Red Cross Month
In addition to the ideas above, there are so many other ways you can help the American Red Cross, such as fundraising or donating to international disasters. For more information and additional Red Cross resources, visit redcross.org.
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