America Celebrates Red Cross Month

America Celebrates Red Cross Month


(Gainesville, Ga.)— In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt declared March to be Red Cross Month and requested “that during that month, our people rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.” Since then, every standing president has followed in his footsteps and this year President Obama marked the 70th anniversary.

The American Red Cross is not a government agency. It was founded by Clara Barton in 1881, and has always relied solely on the generous support of Americans. The Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross serves the residents of 12 Counties – Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White. In 2012, the volunteers of the chapter responded to 146 local disasters, most fires. The Chapter was founded in 1917 and continues the Red Cross mission of responding to every disaster with local assistance for the residents, service to the armed forces, life-saving blood services and preparedness in the form of health and safety classes and education.

In celebration of National Red Cross month, there are three easy ways to you can support the vital work in your community:

Donate. Your gifts make our services possible.

Volunteer. Give your time and talent to serve your neighbors

Prepare. Make sure you and your family are ready for emergencies.

For more information, visit or contact the Northeast Georgia Chapter at 770-532-8453

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross 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.