March proclaimed Red Cross Month across Walker County
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Walker County Commission Chairman Billy Luster signed a proclamation Monday to declare March as Red Cross Month in Walker County.

During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

“We appreciate Chairman Luster for supporting the Red Cross Mission and issuing this important proclamation,” said Pam Fikes, the executive director of the American Red Cross Walker-Marion Chapter. “The Red Cross plays a valuable role in the community by providing emergency relief following disasters, and during the month of March we recognize the volunteers and donors who provide the services and make a real difference.”

March was first proclaimed as 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 American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

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.

Here in the Walker County area, the Walker-Marion Chapter responded to 41 local emergencies and helped 132 individuals, assisted 91 military families and trained 37 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 201 units of blood.

“Please remember those who help all of us here in Walker County by giving their time to help their neighbor,” Fikes said. “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 American 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.

The 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.

The ARC’s Walker-Marion Chapter has a number of activities planned for Red Cross Month, including Be Red Cross Ready presentations, its annual Church Day Fundraiser on March 17 and Heroes Campaign activities.

“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,” Fikes 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.”

For more information on how you can help you can contact the ARC Walker-Marion Chapter at 205-387-1478; or visit www.redcross.org; or join the American Red Cross blog at www.blog.redcross.org.