Red Cross hopes month spurs support

The American Red Cross is asking everyone to help others in need by supporting the lifesaving services the national organization provides.

The director of the Auglaize County Branch of the American Red Cross is making a special plea for the community’s support in March, which is Red Cross Month.

“Please remember those who need our help and support the Red Cross by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, or giving blood,” American Red Cross Branch Director Ken Cline said. “We want to thank everyone for their generosity, which has enabled us to help people here at home, across the United States and around the world.”

March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president has continued to designate the month as such.

Synonymous with helping people, the American Red Cross has been doing so for more than 130 years.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters a year throughout the United States, providing shelter, food, emotional support, and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world. The Red Cross also collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to support our mission,” Cline said. “Their kindness will enable us to continue our work, both here at home and across the globe.”

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping the people the Red Cross serves. Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer or assisting with a monetary donation should contact Ken Cline at 567-356-1501 or by email at