Recognizing Red Cross

by Emily Baird on March 16, 2010 at 5:34 am

March is American Red Cross month.

It allows organizations across the country to recognize its volunteers.

"There are literally hundreds of volunteers. We’re mobilized by our volunteers. They’re the ones that keep us going. The American Red Cross could not do what it does locally and nationwide without our wonderful volunteers that are there for us every day, " says Keely Warden of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

It’s also a time to let people know about the services the American Red Cross offers. There’s CPR and first aide classes available. It organizes blood drives that help save lives. It provides relief to families who lose their homes to fire, and more recently, it has been providing aide to the earthquake victims of Haiti and Chile.

"We’re there for everyone. We’re there for people down the street. We’re there for people across the country, and we’re there for people around the world, " says Warden.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to deem March as American Red Cross month, back in 1943, and every president since then has continued the tradition.