American Red Cross Crossnotes Updates for March 2024

Clubs and Organizations

March 7, 2024

James, March is Red Cross Month, our annual celebration of the people who make our mission possible — including you.

Every day, countless people from coast to coast turn their compassion into action to help others during times of crisis. With every act, they’re helping to change the lives of their neighbors in need, like those affected by devastating wildfires across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and millions more across the nation experiencing severe weather right now.

This month, we invite you join in our mission:

Join Us in Celebrating Red Cross Giving Day


When help can’t wait during emergencies, people depend on the American Red Cross for critical support. Every eight minutes, Red Cross volunteers respond to a disaster in the U.S. to help families experiencing a crisis. Disasters like home fires and tornadoes can take away a family’s home and cherished memories in a blink of an eye.

On March 27, we hope you will join us in celebrating Red Cross Giving Day, our special fundraising effort to help ensure people don’t face emergencies alone. Learn more and make a gift for Red Cross Giving Day.

Give Blood and Make a Paws-itive Impact!


We’ve got a soft spot for puppies, kittens and blood donors like you! To show our thanks, you’ll get a $10 e-gift card to a pet supply merchant of your choice when you come to give blood by March 24.* PLUS, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card (there will be five lucky winners)!^^ Just think of all the treats you can buy for your furry friend with that!

We all love our pets for their loyalty and comfort and patients are grateful for you for the exact same reasons. Don’t miss out on your chance to help (and these awesome gifts). Schedule your appointment now!

Join the 30 Mile Dog Walk Challenge


Calling all dog owners! This coming April, the Red Cross is hosting our second annual 30 Mile Dog Walk Challenge to help save lives and bring relief to those in need. Join the Facebook group for community and motivation, start a fundraiser, and we’ll send you a challenge doggie bandana.

Contact [email protected] with questions.

Volunteer in Celebration of Red Cross Month


When help can’t wait during emergencies, the American Red Cross relies on volunteers to provide relief and care. Our mission wouldn’t be possible without these community heroes. Our annual Red Cross Month celebration in March is the perfect time for YOU to join our volunteer team. Visit www.redcross.org/volunteer to find the that role that matches your time, talent and interests.

Turn Your Clocks Forward & Test Your Smoke Alarms


Daylight savings begins this Sunday, March 10 — and we’re reminding you to turn your clocks forward one hour and test your smoke alarms. The minute you spend testing your smoke alarms could literally save lives — including yours! Before turning your clocks forward this Sunday, make your Turn and Test plan here!


Charleston Woman Saves Husband’s Life with CPR


“I woke up in the ICU. My wife doing CPR is what saved my life.”

Robert Keene was eating dinner with his two children when he went into sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed. His wife, Jennifer Poston, heard him fall to the floor and ran to the kitchen. The couple’s 12-year-old daughter called 911 while Jennifer immediately started CPR. EMTs arrived quickly and took Robert to the hospital, where he later recovered.

Robert is forever grateful that his wife knew what to do and said the whole experience strengthened his bond with his family. “It’s one of those things that you think you’ll never have to go through, but it happened,” Robert said. “She saved my life.”

Read more about their story here.

EG America Celebrates March is Red Cross Month

Through the month of March, Cumberland Farms; Certified Oil; Fastrac; Kwik Shop; Loaf N Jug; Minit Mart; Quik Stop; Sprint; Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill locations are supporting the American Red Cross. Customers can round up or donate $1, $3, or $5 at register to ensure the Red Cross can deliver help and hope where we’re needed most.

Mountain House Supports the Red Cross this March

Thank you to Mountain House for celebrating Red Cross Month. During the month of March, Mountain House will donate to the Red Cross through the purchase of select items with a minimum commitment of $50,000!

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Start Your Monthly Donation Today


All year round, the Red Cross counts on our community of dedicated monthly donors to keep our shelves stocked with vital relief supplies, ensuring our teams are ready to deliver support at a moment’s notice. No matter what you give, your monthly donation will help families across the country through the darkest moments of their lives. Sign up today, and you’ll receive a special Red Cross pin as our way of saying thanks!

Dear James,

Ever since President Franklin Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation in 1943, March has been a special time of year to take action and celebrate those whose compassion powers our organization’s lifesaving work.

As we collectively recognize another Red Cross Month, I continue to be in awe of all we’re able to accomplish together. Thanks to steadfast friends like you, the American Red Cross assists 20,000 people every day with our critical services. I truly could not be more grateful for our Red Cross community of volunteers, supporters and partners, whose kindness and commitment make our work possible.

This March, I’m personally inviting you to volunteer, give blood, attend a training or make a donation on Giving Day in celebration of Red Cross Month. By joining in our work, your contribution will continue to grow the compassion that has kept our organization running for more than 140 years.

No matter how you choose to give back, the generosity of supporters like you never ceases to amaze me. I deeply appreciate your dedication to our Red Cross mission.

-- Gail McGovern
President and CEO
American Red Cross

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