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Originally published: 2014-03-03 14:15:10
Last modified: 2014-03-03 14:15:55

Recognizing everyday heroes

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 brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. 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 the High Country area, the Blue Ridge Chapter helped more than 200 people coping with local disasters and emergencies, assisted over 261 military family members and trained 2,032 people in lifesaving skills. Also, people from this area donated more than 10,334 units of lifesaving blood. 

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 we encourage everyone to become an everyday hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors. 

Gary Moss, chairman, board of directors, Blue Ridge Chapter

Cindy Jones, executive director, Blue Ridge Chapter