“I request that during that month [of March] our people rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, first Presidential Proclamation of March as Red Cross Month, 1943 Each year, the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” The American Red Cross uses this month to honor and celebrate the everyday heroes that help the American Red Cross with their mission. The American Red Cross encourages you during this month to find your inner hero by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering in the community . American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri Our local American Red Cross chapter is that of Eastern Missouri, which is located in Creve Coeur and has been helping our community for the last 97 years. Their goal is to prevent and alleviate suffering families in the face of emergencies. From the recent flooding across St. Louis to brutal winter blizzards and terrifying fires, they will always be there to help provide comfort, care, and necessities to those affected by a disaster. They also provide immediate assistance for food, shelter, clothing, and emotional support. Not only does the Red Cross of Eastern Missouri provide disaster relief, but they also provide educational classes for the community. These classes include emergency preparedness, First Aid & CPR, and water safety. They can also provide assistance to military families in times of financial crises. PLUS, the Red Cross of Eastern Missouri supplies nearly half of the region’s blood donations! Woodard supports our local chapter through ongoing donations, volunteer work, and by holding blood drives at our Customer Response Center. In order to serve St. Louis City and 66 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and donors. To help our local chapter click here to find out ways to give to or call 314-516-2800. Did you know? The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer network found in 187 countries. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. Everything they do depends on the needs of the people that they serve. The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It relies on volunteers and the generosity of people like you to perform their mission. 10 million people learn emergency skills such as CPR through the Red Cross every year. Consider taking a class so you are prepared in the event of an emergency.