Editor, Times-Union:
It's Red Cross Month and we would like to recognize our everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.
March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It's easy. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. People can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. They can give blood or make a financial donation.
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 millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in our county, Kosciusko volunteers responded to 34 local emergencies, assisting over two dozen families; held 27 disaster training classes, training over 200 community members in disaster response; engaged 45 dozen casual volunteers who distributed fire prevention materials to nearly 3,000 Kosciusko county families during Project S.A.F.E. (Smoke Alarms For Everyone); held over 2 dozen classes training community members in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated over 3,000 units of blood, potentially saving 9,000 lives.
Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to people for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an everyday hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.
Kim Komdeur
Major Gift Officer
Serving Kosciusko County
via e-mail