By: Susan West
Anyone who’s ever watched the evening news has seen the American Red Cross in action. In any emergency—large or small, day or night—the Red Cross is on the scene. Someone you know has probably been helped in some way by this humanitarian organization.
More than 75 years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt designated March as Red Cross Month, and the tradition continues today. You’ll spot the Red Cross logo all over Philadelphia this month, including on Red Cross flags flying around City Hall. The Ben Franklin Bridge was lit up in red earlier this week, and will be again on March 29, 30, and 31. To close out the month, the Red Ball (redcross.org/redballphilly)—a gala fundraiser to benefit Philly’s Red Cross House—kicks off at Lincoln Financial Field.
To bring awareness to the mission, Wawa and the Wawa Foundation held a National Partnership Campaign kickoff event in Delaware County, and now through April 14, Wawa stores will be hosting a coin collection campaign. On SEPTA buses, banners will spotlight the Red Cross, courtesy of the Lundy Law Foundation. These two sponsors have teamed up to promote the importance of smoke alarms.
During this Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is asking you be a hero, and it’s easier than you think.
-Do you want to learn lifesaving skills? Find a first aid class, including CPR and defibrillator training, at redcross.org.
-Got blood? The need never stops, and you can donate blood or platelets at your convenience; visit redcrossblood.org. (Plus, get a coupon for a free hot beverage at Wawa!)
-Want to volunteer your time? You can give as many or as few hours as you want, and everyone is welcome, including people with disabilities. In fact, 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce is unpaid. Those volunteers you see on TV are unpaid. The Disaster Action Team members at a house fire? Unpaid. Other volunteers install smoke detectors or work behind the scenes from their own homes, helping to reconnect families separated by international conflict.
-On March 27, American Red Cross Giving Day, you can donate at redcross.org/givingday to help families during the first devastating hours of a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief for people who need it most.
Want to learn more about how you can help? Visit redcross.org/easternpa.