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Red Cross month begins in March

Published 3:10pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

As February draws to a close, the American Red Cross is making preparations for Red Cross Month, which begins March 1.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt first designated March as Red Cross Month in 1943.

Melissa Poe, director of Alabama Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, said March is one of the organization’s largest fundraising times of year.

“March is what we call our Heroes Campaign,” Poe said. “Everyone who donates to the American Red Cross is a hero.”

The month will kick off this weekend, Poe said, with a blood drive on Saturday. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the United Way conference room at 19 Main Street,

Blood donors will be entered in a regional drawing for a $1,000 gift card and will receive a National Championship t-shirt.

All donors should bring a photo ID or an American Red Cross Donor Card.

Poe said the blood drive is only the beginning – throughout the month of the March, there will be a variety of activities that will end with the annual quail fry on April 5.

“We are going to have some of our board members build four-foot red crosses put them in people’s yards and it will take a $25 donation to get them removed,” Poe said. “We are also going to be selling signs saying they support the Red Cross.”

Tickets for the quail fry will be $35 per couple and $20 individually.

Tickets should be available for purchase within the next week.

Poe also added that Red Cross volunteers will be outside Wal-Mart throughout the month.

“We will have our disaster buckets asking for donations – just look for the volunteers standing at the doors,” Poe said.

Poe said March a time to remember the much-needed service the American Red Cross provides – one that can be summed up by a quote from Ronald Reagan.

“No one can predict when the next river will flood or the next storm will hit. No one can foresee the next threat to the nation’s health,” Reagan said. “What is predictable is that we will face such threats and emergencies and that the American Red Cross will be there to offer help and hope.”