March is American Red Cross Month

Staff Report

During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to help people in need by supporting the lifesaving services it provides.

Diana Roemer, interim executive director of the Rock River Chapter in Rockford, explained: “Please remember those who need our help, and support the Red Cross by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class or giving blood. We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us to help people here at home, across the United States and around the world.”

March is Red Cross Month, first proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) presented a mayoral proclamation to Michael Denning and Doug Mark, members of the American Red Cross Rock River Chapter Board of Directors, proclaiming March as Red Cross Month in the city of Rockford.

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. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families — in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

The Rock River Chapter responded to 91 local emergencies, assisted 338 military families and trained 4,831 people in lifesaving skills from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission,” Roemer said. “Their kindness will enable us to continue our work, both here at home and across the globe.”

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 the people the Red Cross services.

The Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross, 727 N. Church St., Rockford, can be reached at (815) 963-8471 or online at

From the March 14-20, 2012, issue

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