In celebration of Red Cross Month, our local leaders are signing the March is Red Cross Month Proclamation at Council Meetings and making it official and honoring the American Red Cross for it’s outstanding services provided back to the community. The proclamation recognizes those who contribute to the mission of the Red Cross, through time, money or blood donation. It is a time to recognize and appreciate our Red Cross heroes!
Red Cross disaster trained volunteers are the individuals who respond to the emergency needs of the families affected by disasters such as home fires. If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, please visit www.lowcountryredcross.org<http://www.lowcountryredcross.org> and click on volunteer.
Proclamations are being signed throughout the month of March and we are so excited that the community is taking time to honor those who volunteer, donate blood, take life-saving courses or provide financial donations to support an organization whose mission is to help those in need.
Other proclamations that have been signed so far are :
Town of Hampton, signed by Mayor John Rhoden, Jr.
City of North Charleston, signed by Mayor R. Keith Summey
Town of Summerville, signed by Mayor William C. Collins
City of Beaufort, signed by Mayor Billy Keyserling
Town of Bluffton, signed by Mayor Lisa Sulka
Town of Ridgeland, signed by Mayor Joey Malphrus
During Red Cross Month the American Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Everyday Heroes who in some way help their community by giving of themselves.
- It’s a great time to celebrate and recognize the Everyday Heroes in your community as well as uncover your inner hero by giving your time to help your neighbor, making a financial or blood donation or taking a Red Cross class in First Aid and CPR.
- For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people in need, and we thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us fulfill our mission of serving those in need.
- March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since then, President Obama and every other president has designated March as Red Cross Month.
- Red Cross Month is an ideal time to be part of the Red Cross, and there are variety of ways to do it.
- Work on a preparedness plan for your household so you will be ready for emergencies.
On March 16th, a large fire in Myrtle Beach destroyed over 100 units at Windsor Green apartments in Carolina Forest, displacing hundreds of people. Red Cross jumped into action immediately and is continuing to help displaced residents and first responders.
Since yesterday’s fire, the Red Cross has registered 189 residents in its shelter and has provided over 1,000 meals and 2,100 snacks and drinks to residents affected by the fire and first responders.
Casework to determine financial assistance will begin on Monday, March 18th at 10 a.m. Residents are encouraged to go the Red Cross shelter starting at 10 a.m. at Beach Church, located at 557 George Bishop Parkway to receive assistance. If you cannot come to the shelter, please call the Red Cross at (843) 477-0020 for assistance.
30 Red Cross volunteers and multiple Red Cross response vehicles remain on the scene of the apartment fire, providing food and hydration to first responders. Trained Red Cross mental health workers are providing emotional support to people affected by the fire.
You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Financial donations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross, 8085 Rivers Avenue, Suite F, North Charleston SC 29406.
If you would like to donate non-cash items, the Red Cross recommends contacting their partner agencies, Goodwill and Salvation Army or contacting other local non-profit organizations in the community that accept non-cash items.
On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since the beginning of its fiscal year to March 15, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region responded to 1,097 disasters, helping 3,737 adults and children that were affected by disasters. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.
The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that on March 6, 2013, Red Cross Board Chairman Mason Holland, Mayor Keith Summey, Owner, Mall Drive 2424 LLC, and Lender, National Bank of South Carolina broke ground on their new building that will be the future home of the Red Cross in North Charleston.
The new building is centrally located in North Charleston at 2424 City Hall Drive and will provide the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter with 10,000 sq-ft of office, educational and storage space to better serve the community. “The new facility will be a place for our volunteers to come together and learn. The opportunity to expand our volunteer base and their knowledge will increase our capacity to support our Lowcountry 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through lifesaving education and response. The centralized location in North Charleston will allow for a more efficient response to disasters across our region and allow us to better serve our community” commented Board chairman Mason Holland. At this time the new building is set to open December 2013.
The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties and is part of the Palmetto SC Region. The Red Cross provides food, shelter and emotional support after disasters, assists members of our armed forces and their families, teaches lifesaving skills and supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood.
A big congratulations to our Volunteer of the Quarter, Gary Tuntland! He was chosen by staff to have this recognition for the months of October, November, and December. Today, He was presented with this honor by our Director of Volunteers & Youth, Nancy Olson.
We appreciate you, Gary and everything you do for the American Red Cross
We would like to recognize this wonderful achievement that was given to our Accounting Coordinator, Mary Seyle. She was recognized at the beginning of the month for her dedication to the Red Cross for 30 years!
Congratulations Mary and we appreciate you here at the American Red Cross!