During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation's “Everyday Heroes” who give of themselves and in some way help their community.
“Please remember those who help all of us here in the Northern Marianas by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said John Hirsh, NMI Chapter director. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month-our volunteers, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross has been helping people for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year around the nation and territories.
In the Commonwealth, the NMI Chapter responded to more than a dozen local emergencies, assisted 80 military families here and throughout Micronesia and trained hundreds of people in lifesaving skills like CPR, AED, first aid, swimming and lifeguarding.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” Hirsh said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.
The NMI Chapter has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including disaster services beach patrols, street market outreach, CPR orientation classes, and finally the 27th annual Red Cross Walkathon. For more information about how to volunteer and support the NMI Chapter, call 234-3459. (ARC)