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Red Cross Month – Be part of a life changing experience

Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month, a time to honor the millions of people like you who generously give of your time, talent, money and blood to help change lives for those in need.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt first declared March Red Cross Month in 1943. Each president since continues the tradition of recognizing the lifesaving services provided by the Red Cross and the incredible volunteers who make it possible.

Read stories by Red Cross employees and volunteers, as well as those by sponsors who celebrate Red Cross Month 2010. Share your story and help spread the word about the importance of being part of a life changing experience.

Red Cross support in Haiti

Regina Moore prepares blood for shipping to Haiti at the American Red Cross facility in Chicago.
Regina Moore prepares blood for shipping to Haiti at the American Red Cross facility in Chicago.

Since the tragic Haitian earthquakes hit in January 2010, the Red Cross has been on the scene providing ongoing support.

Your donations have helped the Red Cross reach hundreds of thousands of Haitian survivors with relief supplies, food, medical services, water, sanitation support and shelter. The Red Cross one-month report shows how your donations have helped.

The Red Cross was also able to send blood products to Haiti to support transfusion needs thanks to you. Take a look as the blood product shipments arrive in Haiti from the Red Cross Chicago distribution center. Read how CBS helped facilitate a shipment of blood products just a few days after the massive quake hit in January and how the Red Cross and other blood agencies continue to support patient need during the island's recovery. Follow Red Cross response in Haiti as it evolves.

Give Blood. Get Points. Win Prizes.

Red Cross Racing

The 2010 Red Cross Racing season is now underway! Visit this link to register and donate blood or platelets between January 16, 2010 through January 24, 2011. After each donation, be sure to return to Red Cross Racing to record your blood and platelet donations (or indicate if you were deferred – you can still get points for presenting to donate) to earn points that you can exchange for great prizes like a tripod travel chair or No. 16 die cast model car. Join the race where everyone wins!

First-time donor and wife tell their story

Randy and Wendy Aide

In the January eNewsletter, you first heard about blood recipient Wendy Aide and her husband Randy. Now, you can hear their story. Check it out, share with others and help spread the word about the importance of blood donation.


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National Volunteer Week – Celebrating People in Action

Volunteers are lifesavers. They are people in action who selflessly give of themselves to help others in need. Volunteers are the life force of the American Red Cross.

During National Volunteer Week, April 18 – 24, the Red Cross celebrates you, the organization's generous volunteers and supporters who give every day to help save lives.

Visit this link and help spread the word about the importance of being a Red Cross volunteer. Why do you give back? Take this DO GOOD survey just for fun and see!


Take Your Pulse

Visit this link and let us know if you texted 90999 to help Haiti.


Check Your Pulse

View January eNewsletter survey results asking if you've ever donated blood in a state other than where you live.


Sounding Off

We wish we could list all the great feedback we get from donors, but there's only so much room. Here's one response from James Roth of Henderson, Ky.

"I give blood as often as possible and I volunteer at Red Cross blood drives.  It is like making an installment payment for a good future.  The blood you donate could help save the life of someone unknown... a gift."


Thank you for spreading the word!

Thanks to all of the Red Cross donors who forwarded the November eNewsletter to at least five friends and helped spread the word about the importance of blood donation!

Kathy Bucher of Exira, Iowa is the January raffle winner of a vintage-style Red Cross calendar.

You could be a winner this month. Everyone who forwards this eNewsletter to at least five people using the Send to a Friend feature will automatically be entered into a raffle to win an American Red Cross classic baseball cap.

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