It was 70 years ago when President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared March as Red Cross Month. This has been an annual observance since its proclamation in 1943. The Red Cross is a nationwide non-profit organization that relies on the generous contributions of blood, money and time from American citizens across the country. Throughout their rich 130-year history, the Red Cross has lent a helping hand with disaster relief efforts after atrocities that have included Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the Comair Flight 5191. Aside from disaster relief, the Red Cross assists the deployed armed forces in communicating with their loved ones back home, First Aid, CPR, aquatics, water safety and HIV/AIDS prevention education, and international emergency relief.
The American Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. Nationwide, they collect and process over 40% of the blood supply that is distributed to more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers. They have paved the way in protecting the safety of donors and patients with the testing procedures that they have developed to prevent the spread of infectious and life-threatening diseases.
With all that the American Red Cross does, they truly live up to their mission to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies” through volunteer and donor generosity.
During the month of March, the Red Cross will be celebrating with the #16 Red Cross Ford racing car that will encourage racing fans to donate blood. They have even created an infographic that you can share as a way to help spread awareness about how their organization was founded, and how everyone can help celebrate Red Cross Month.
If you are passionate about helping others in the ways that the American Red Cross does, you might want to consider a career as a surgical technologist, medical assistant or paramedic. The American Red Cross is always looking for generous individuals to lend a helping hand during times of need. If disaster relief isn’t for you, what about helping to collect blood donations from generous individuals? The Red Cross is always seeking trained phlebotomists to help at their blood drives. If pursuing a career in one of these fields (as well as helping out with the American Red Cross) interests you, the programs at Star Career Academy will get you on the right track. During this month of March, make sure to spread the word about the mission that the American Red Cross serves each and every day, and do your part by making a donation at one of their blood drives!