American Red Cross Month

March 8, 2011 by Molly Huff

Each year the President of the United States proclaims March "Red Cross Month." The American Red Cross uses this opportunity to promote its services to the American public and for fund-raising. Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

Some four million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. And the Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 186 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people.

Make this month your month to donate! Here is a list of local blood drives for the month of March, and you can always visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information and to find out how to get involved.

* March 9th - Chick-fil-A - 2:00pm - 6:00pm (1197 Highway 82 West, Tifton, GA)
* March 14th - First Baptist Church of Chula - 4:00pm - 8:00pm (30 Academy Drive, Chula, GA)
* March 15th - Tifton United First Methodist Church - 12:00pm - 6:00pm (107 W. 12th Street, Tifton, GA)
* March 31st - ABAC - 11:00am - 4:00pm (2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, GA)


Hope to see you there!