March is American Red Cross Month. It is proclaimed by the President each year to celebrate everyday heroes who help each of us fulfill our mission.

The Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need every eight minutes. According to the Red Cross, an average of 90 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.

The Red Cross is in 187 countries and the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer network.

When a disaster happens, the American Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services. Its core mission is to assist individuals and families to resume their normal day-to-day activities. The organization takes pride in helping others no matter where they are located.

According to Wikipedia, Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher and patent clerk. Nursing education was not very formalized at that time and she did not attend nursing school, so she provided self-taught nursing care.

Although you need to be 18 years of age to volunteer, you can join the Junior Red Cross between the ages of 13–17. It gives youth a chance to volunteer, too. Students at Arizona Desert Elementary will be participating in a non-uniform day fundraiser in March to raise funds for the American Red Cross in Phoenix.


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Karen Golden