Today, Your Health Matters features a guest blog from Katie Gaynor, American Red Cross communications director for the Western Wisconsin Region.
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross wants to recognize the nation’s “Everyday Heroes” who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need. Red Cross heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes, and those who make a financial contribution to help us help others in Wisconsin and across the country.
During Red Cross Month, we encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in your community. This is a great time to become part of the Red Cross and it’s easy! You can become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross lifesaving skills class.
The need for blood never stops. This harsh winter has been especially tough on donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. One of the easiest ways to support these efforts is to give blood directly. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Blood drives are constantly going on in your local communities. To find a donation opportunity near you, visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.
Each year, more than 9 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies through American Red Cross training classes. Learn how to provide immediate care in first aid emergencies. Get ready for summer by beginning your career as a professional lifeguard. Help your children gain the skills to turn their interest in caring for others into a satisfying job as a babysitter. You can even start your career as a Certified Nurse Assistant in less than two months with training from the Red Cross.
For more information about Red Cross classes and to register, visit www.redcross.org or call our Training Support Center at 1-800-REDCROSS. Get engaged. Get certified. Get inspired.
Have a smart phone? Red Cross Mobile Apps put important preparedness information right into the palm of your hand. The mobile apps can help you monitor weather conditions in your area, provide you with tips to prepare your family and home for a disaster, and give you information to find help and to let others know you are OK.
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in convenient reach.
It’s easy to get more information on these mobile apps or download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
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