March has officially been declared as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years now. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk to spokesman Clayton Kennedy:
The purpose of the designation is to allow for recognition of those who make sacrifices for their communities. “The Red Cross is an organization that lives and breaths from the donated work, time, energy, and resources of the American public, ” said Kennedy, ” In fact, 96 % of people who work under the Red Cross emblem are volunteers.”
A number of activities are planned to honor both individuals and the agency as a whole. “We have volunteer recognition events for our bases in different communities,” said Kennedy, “We also like to publicize the work done by the Red Cross. We will hold events and fundraisers and speech to various groups such as rotary clubs. We’re really just trying to increase our public profile as much as we can.”
During 2012, the Heart of America Chapter responded to more than 170 local emergencies and assisted nearly 400 military families.