Meridian Star

March 18, 2012

03-18-12 Letter To The Editor

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     In recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe, March is recognized as Red Cross Month. First proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every president since then, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month.

    Thanks to support from individuals, organizations and businesses here in East Central Mississippi, the American Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small; help members of the military, veterans and their families; provide blood for those in need and teach lifesaving skills.

    We want to thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world. You can help by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, or giving blood.

    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. We provide 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families, collect and distribute more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and train more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

    Our East Central Mississippi Chapter responds to local emergencies, assists military families and trains people in lifesaving skills.

    Red Cross Month is the perfect time for people to become a part of our mission and help people in need by making a donation, volunteering, giving blood or taking a class. Please help us help those in need – please support the American Red Cross.

Alecia Crawford

East Central Chapter Manager

American Red Cross