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March 11, 2013

Red Cross Month made possible by local heroes

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross recognizes our Everyday Heroes who help their community by giving of themselves — the volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.

March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, giving blood or taking a Red Cross class.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year.

Last year, in Lawrence County, the West Central Chapter responded to 27 local emergencies, assisted 39 military families and trained 173 people in lifesaving skills. And people from this area donated 1,174 units of blood.

We thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.

Kevin Brown

executive director

American Red Cross

West Central Chapter

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