Red Cross Month: Local Opportunities to Help

March is Red Cross Month.  Our local chapter of the American Red Cross provides for the immediate needs of local disaster victims with shelter, food, clothing, financial assistance, and advocacy.  They hydrate and feed emergency response workers as they serve the public during local disasters. They train thousands of residents each year in first aid, CPR, and other health and safety areas, all of which help to save lives.  They connect families with their loved ones in the military during emergencies.  They continually train their volunteers to ensure they have the necessary skills to strengthen our community’s response during a disaster.

Join us to learn more about the local impact of the American Red Cross and how you can make a difference in Red Cross Month.

 

When: Thursday March 22nd, 2011 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting at On Rice – Fairhaven
Presenter: Marinda Peugh, Mt Baker Chapter, American Red Cross

 

During March, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to support their mission to help people in need.  Every president since 1943 has designated March as Red Cross Month.

Marinda Peugh with the Mount Baker Chapter says they responded to 74 local emergencies, assisted 397 military families and trained more than 8,000 people in lifesaving skills over the last year. She says the Red Cross is not a government agency, and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.  You can help the Mount Baker chapter by filling their emergency response vehicles with supplies such as food, water and blankets.

The ERV's will be parked around Whatcom and Skagit County throughout March, and the Cascade Radio group will soon be announcing the date for its annual "Help Fill the ERV" live broadcast.   More info is available at mtbredcross.org or by calling 733-3290.