March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is committed to serving San Diego as the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With 90 percent of its humanitarian work carried out by volunteers, the Red Cross relies on the generosity of the public to perform its mission.
Here’s how you can participate and give back to your community with the Red Cross this month:
Donate blood to those in need. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood are needed every day in the U.S and the local Red Cross provides half of the blood available in San Diego. The need for blood donations is constant, especially during the winter months, when harsh weather can impact donor and blood drive availability.
Participate in fundraising events. The Red Cross relies on donations to provide shelter and meals during disasters, supply emergency services to members of the armed forces, deliver health and safety courses and so much more.
Support military families. Through Service to the Armed Forces, the Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service.
Prepare for an emergency. Locally, the Red Cross responds to an emergency nearly every 24 hours. Most of those emergencies are home fires, but the Red Cross is prepared to respond to any disaster of any size, thanks to our volunteers and donors.
Volunteer with women, children and infants. The American Red Cross Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helps pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding individuals and children up to age 5 eat well and stay healthy through a variety of services.