To the editor:
Throughout the nation, March is Red Cross Month. During this time, we like to recognize our everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital. They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It's easy. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. People can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. They can give blood or make a financial donation.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply; and trains millions of people in first-aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here at the North Country Chapter, we responded to 46 local emergencies, assisted 89 military families and trained over 3,400 people in lifesaving skills in 2013. And people from Northeastern New York Region donated almost 78,000 units of blood.
Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to people for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an everyday hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.
North Country Chapter
American Red Cross, Northeastern New York