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American Red Cross celebrates Red Cross Month

American Red Cross celebrates Red Cross Month

Hagerstown, MD, March 01, 2012 - The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region in Washington County is celebrating Red Cross Month this March by giving thanks to the thousands of people in Washington County who have personified America's humanitarian spirit by donating their time, money and blood during the last year.
"America has always been a place of humanitarian action and compassion-a place where people take care of each other whether those in need are down the block or around the globe," said Julie Barr-Strasburg, Executive Director of Washington County chapter. "For more than 95 years, the Red Cross in Washington County has relied on the everyday volunteers who donate time, blood or money; volunteers who help coordinate blood drives and donors who give blood, volunteers who transport veterans to the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg, WV; volunteers who teach lifesaving skills such as CPR, First Aid and Water Safety and assist victims of house fires and other disasters."
In the past year alone, the Washington County chapter responded to over 37 local disaster operations which 135 people were assisted, assisted 57 military families and trained 4,594 people in lifesaving skills such as CPR, First Aid and Water Safety providing over 550 life savings courses. A total of 8,987 people donated blood. Red Cross nurses performed 740 blood pressure screenings at various sites throughout the county. The Red Cross worked with 240 youth who helped coordinate bloodmobiles in the schools, served as 'phone donors' for community blood drives, and worked as staff aides at the chapter house.
Transportation Services provided transportation to veterans to the VA Medical Center, Martinsburg, WV. 1,591 veterans and Red Cross volunteers were transported to medical appointments and volunteer activities.
Red Cross volunteers are the core of the Red Cross, donating their time and energy to selflessly serve those in need; demonstrating the compassion and generosity for which Americans are known. The Washington County chapter and its nearly 1,800 volunteers and donors provided valuable tools and education to individuals, families, workplaces and schools; making us all stronger and more resilient.
Another major focus of March is Red Cross month is to raise funds to support the many community services provided by the Washington County chapter every day in Hagerstown. Our Heroes for the American Red Cross is our major gifts campaign and will run from March 2012 until June 2012. Please support all our Heroes in our community as they raise money to support the very important services the American Red Cross provides to our community.
"As a volunteer-led organization, the American Red Cross relies on the generosity of our community to support our relief services for families affected by home fires and other disasters, and to prepare and train families in how to prevent and respond to potential emergencies," said Mrs. Barr-Strasburg. "When you help the Red Cross, you are really helping your neighbors in Washington County."
The American Red Cross needs continued support in the coming year. Disasters can strike at any time. This month and throughout the year, the Red Cross is asking people to give generously to the Washington County chapter. You can make a financial donation by mailing your gift to American Red Cross, Washington County Chapter, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740. For more information please visit, or contact Maria I. Johns at 301-739-0717 or

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