Red Cross Month: Be a Hero, Help People in Need

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In 2019Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross Volunteers Helped more than26,000 families

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HOUSTON, TX,  Not all heroes wear capes, but some wear a Red Cross vest.

During March — which the president of the U.S. has proclaimed American Red Cross Month for more than 75 years — the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast celebrates its volunteer heroes and asks people here in the Gulf Coast, to be a hero too by donating on Red Cross Giving Day (March 25), becoming a volunteer, or learning skills that save lives.


“Every day, families rely on Red Cross volunteers for urgent relief and hope during crises,” said Henry Van de Putte, CEO American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast. “We honor their service during Red Cross Month and ask you to join them to make a difference.”

Volunteers represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce and help people every day — often after home fires, which represent most of the disasters that the Red Cross responds to every eight minutes in the U.S. In the past year, volunteers helped more than 7,000 people affected by home fires in in the Texas Gulf Coast.

HOW YOU CAN BE A HERO On March 25, Red Cross Giving Day, donate at redcross.org/givingday to #Help1Family who loses nearly everything to a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief like food, shelter and other essentials. Donations are key to saving lives because they fund nearly 100 percent of Red Cross disaster relief activities.

You can also visit https://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast.html to register for a class in lifesaving skills like CPR and First Aid, or become a volunteer for opportunities needed in throughout the Texas Gulf Coast, including:

Disaster Action Team Member: When a disaster like a home fire displaces a family from their home, trained volunteers respond to ensure that they don’t face it alone. As part of a team, help local families by wrapping a blanket around their shoulders, addressing urgent their needs like food and a safe place to stay, and connecting them with recovery assistance.

Home Fire Campaign VolunteerWant to spend a rewarding day teaming with fellow volunteers to help local families in need? Install free smoke alarms and help residents create home fire escape plans through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has saved hundreds of lives.

Blood Transportation Specialist: Are you a dependable, safe and courteous driver and looking for a meaningful way to help save lives? You can be the critical link between blood donors and recipients. Volunteers are responsible for regular routes and are on standby for emergency runs.

CELEBRATE WITH US

In honor of March is Red Cross month, City of Houston City Hall and the Montrose Bridges along I-69 will glow red March 18 and 19.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross is a United Way agency that shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.