By Fred Sanford
Six-year volunteer with the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross and its volunteers work every day to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster — whether it is down the street, across the country or around the world.
March is Red Cross Month across the country, and we want to thank those supporters whose generosity helps us continue our service to those who need us, every day.
The Red Cross responded following the Haiti earthquake in January, working to turn despair into hope. The Red Cross is there in Haiti now — and we are also here each day for families who need us.
In the past year, the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to 229 local emergencies, assisted 21,000 military families and trained 91,000 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 350,000 units of blood to Southern California hospitals.
Red Cross Month is a great time for people to get involved with the Red Cross, such as donating blood, signing up for a CPR, first aid or other Red Cross course, giving a financial gift that can save the day when the next disaster strikes or getting involved as a volunteer.
Together, we can save a life.