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During Red Cross Month, Honor The Everyday Heroes Who Help Our Communities

For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people in need. We thank our heroes during Red Cross Month who help us fulfill our mission of serving those in need, recognizing 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 eastern Kansas and northwest Missouri by giving their time to help their neighbor,” said Matt Meyer, CEO, American Red Cross – Kansas City Region. “We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

The History of Red Cross Month
March was first proclaimed 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 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 about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

The Kansas City Region
Last year, the Kansas City region of the American Red Cross responded to 788 home fires and local emergencies, provided 1,025 families with financial assistance following a disaster, delivered 2,223 emergency messages on behalf of our military community and trained about 138,000 people in lifesaving skills. There are almost 2,500 Red Cross volunteers in the Kansas City region.

The American Red Cross—Kansas City Region is comprised of several area chapters, including the Greater Kansas City Chapter, the Eastern Kansas Chapter, the Midland Empire Chapter, the Douglas County Chapter, the Leavenworth County Chapter, the Pettis County Chapter and the North Central Missouri Chapter.

Together these chapters serve the 2.6 million people living in the Kansas counties of Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami, Linn, Franklin, Anderson, Douglas, Brown, Doniphan, Atchison and Leavenworth and the Missouri counties of Atchison, Andrew, Nodaway, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Worth, Harrison, Platte, Clay, Jackson, Cass, Mercer, Grundy, Daviess, Livingston, Caldwell, Ray, Lafayette, Johnson, Bates, Henry, Benton, Holt, Buchanan, Adair, Knox, Linn, Macon, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Sullivan and Pettis.

“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,” Meyer said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”

Providing Compassionate Care
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: Disaster Services, Supporting America’s Military Families, Preparedness Health and Safety Services, Lifesaving Blood and International Services.

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.  Volunteers constitute 96% of the total workforce to carry out the humanitarian work of the American Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

People may visit www.redcross.org/kansascity to learn more.

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