Mar 6, 2014 12:01 PM
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
"Our heroes here in south Louisiana are our volunteers, people who take our health and safety classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others," said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the South Louisiana Region Red Cross. "During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community."
For more than 70 years, all of the country's presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people here in south Louisiana, across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes big and small in this country every year - about 1,150 in the South Louisiana Region. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families - in war zones, in military hospitals, across our community and on military installations around the world. And the Red Cross trains more than 28,000 people each year in south Louisiana in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
"Red Cross Month is also a great time for residents to become part of the Red Cross. It's easy," said Bobbi Zaunbrecher, regional executive director. "Become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for your household, or take a Red Cross class."
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.
In addition to supporting Red Cross first aid stations in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, the Acadiana Area Chapter and the Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross have a number of activities planned this month:
· providing fire safety and other preparedness information in neighborhoods in Delcambre,
· teaching lifesaving skills to residents,
· being recognized for its community service by parish and city governing bodies,
· receiving donations to carry out its mission through a statewide Firefighters for Red Cross boot shake, and
· celebrating and teaching at MaciFest in Lake Charles on April 5 as Maci Fontenot once again creates something magical out of a brain tumor and this year supports the Red Cross.