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Red Cross honors its everyday heroes

staff report • Mar 25, 2013 at 2:42 AM

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

"Please remember those who help all of us here in Northeast Tennessee by giving their time to help their neighbor," said Glenda Bobalik CEO of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee. "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."

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; 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 lifesaving skills every year.

In Northeast Tennessee, the Red Cross responded to 281 local emergencies, provided 860 services to military families, provided educational materials to 9,736 people and trained 33,737 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 9,370 units of blood.

"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," Bobalik 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."

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. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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