By: Stefanie Arcangelo, American Red Cross
March comes in like a lion as the saying goes and that is certainly true for the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the American Red Cross!
March kicks off Red Cross Month and also a flurry of events and activities across Connecticut and Rhode Island.
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. In fact, all of our presidents have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. Every eight minutes, Red Cross disaster workers respond to a community disaster, 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 at home and around the world. It must collect nearly 14,000 donations of blood every day to meet patient needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
Now that you know a little more about what we do each and every day, let’s talk about what we have going on to celebrate Red Cross Month!
The Rhode Island Chapter has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including:
The Red Cross Install-A-Thon will take place on March 9 in Tiverton. We will be installing free smoke alarms and providing free fire safety education and information. To learn more visit: http://www.redcross.org/news/event/local/connecticut/Red-Cross-Install-A-Thon.
The Red Cross will be holding a smoke alarm install day in Cranston on Monday, March 13. To make an appointment for a free fire safety visit, sign up at http://www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island/home-fire-safety-visit.
We will be turning the Rhode Island State House red on Wednesday, March 22 at 3 p.m. in honor of Red Cross Month!
For information on how you can get involved visit www.redcross.org.