By: Sophie Kluthe
At sunset on Sunday, March 1, Philadelphia’s iconic Boathouse Row will cast a red glow over the Schuylkill River, marking what is set to be a Red Cross Month like no other in Eastern Pennsylvania!
For more than 75 years, the president of the U.S. has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month to recognize the organization’s lifesaving mission. Along with regions across the country, The Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania is celebrating its volunteers and encouraging others in the community to join in on the mission. Volunteers make up more than 90% of the Red Cross workforce and are what make it possible to help people in what may be their darkest hour.
As winter’s grip begins to lift, March offers a long list of ways to get involved!
Donate: It’s as easy as getting your coffee at Wawa! For the whole month of March, Wawa, a Red Cross national partner, will run a customer donation program out of all of their stores. Simply drop your spare change into the Red Cross buckets at the register through April 12! If you prefer to give online, American Red Cross Giving Day on March 25 is a day to circle on your calendar! On Giving Day supporters can donate at redcross.org/givingday to #help1family who loses nearly everything to a disaster. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief like food, shelter and other essentials. A donation of any size makes a difference.
Volunteer: There are many ways that you can help in your community, whether it’s providing support to a family after a disaster, installing free smoke alarms in neighborhoods with a high risk of home fires or supporting members of the military and veterans. Visit https://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania/eastern-pennsylvania/volunteer.html to learn more.
Give Blood: Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood — from accident victims to children battling cancer to mothers giving birth. Eligible individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets at RedCrossBlood.org.
Take a Class: Accidents can happen to anyone, anytime — and when they do, every second counts to help keep someone alive until medical help arrives. Visit https://www.redcross.org/local/pennsylvania/eastern-pennsylvania/take-a-class to register for a class in lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid.
As spring approaches, we’ll spring forward the first weekend of March! Don’t forget to Turn and Test before going to bed on Saturday, March 7. Daylight Saving Time returns early in the morning on Sunday, March 8, and the Red Cross reminds you to turn your clocks ahead and test your smoke alarms! For smoke alarms with 9-volt batteries, you should replace the batteries at least once a year.
Later in the month, on March 24, Red Crossers from all over Pennsylvania will meet at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to show our state leaders the impact of our organization on Pennsylvania. It’s traditionally a day that celebrates the wonderful partnerships we have with lawmakers and state agencies in our goal to serve communities across the state.
Our last regional event of the month will take place on March 28th as the lights on the Ben Franklin bridge turn red for Red Ball in Philadelphia! This year is extra special since it’s the 20th Anniversary of the black-tie fundraiser, and it’s being held at an exciting new venue, Vie by Cescaphe! Visit redcross.org/redballphilly for info and tickets!