RENO — March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe. For nearly 100 years, United States presidents have called on the American people to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. Red
Cross Month is the perfect time to join the mission and help people in need by making a donation, volunteering or taking a class to learn how to save a life or be prepared when disaster strikes.
The community depends on the American Red Cross and because it is not a government agency, it depends on support from the public to continue its humanitarian work.
Thanks to generous support from individuals, organizations and businesses in northern Nevada the American Red Cross (NNCARC) is able to respond to disasters both large and small; help members of the military, veterans and their families; and teach lifesaving skills.
In 2011, local volunteers responded quickly to provide food and emotional support for the passengers involved in the AMTRAK collision with a semi-truck trailer on June 24. Families of people injured during the Reno Air Races crash on Sept. 16 received comfort and compassion from Red Cross caseworkers who worked with local partners to provide lodging and other services. And the Red Cross opened emergency shelters and provided emergency assistance to families impacted by the Caughlin Ranch Fire on Nov. 18 as well as the recent Washoe Drive Fire Jan. 19.
Additionally, the NNCARC responded to 113 emergency situations, meeting the short-term needs of 172 families or 409 individuals. Emergency lodging, financial support for food, clothing and medical needs were provided based on each family’s needs. In addition, 12,664 people in northern Nevada were trained in CPR, first aid and other safety measures.
Later this month the Red Cross will host its ninth annual Real Heroes Breakfast to recognize and honor individuals and groups who provided outstanding assistance and service to those affected by the multiple
disasters that affected northern Nevada in the past year.
For more information, visit Nevada/redcross.org/events or call 856-1000.