NEBRASKA – 75 years ago President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed March as Red Cross Month and it continues to be, as Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring March as Red Cross Month once again.
Rachelle Lipker, the executive director of the Central and Western Nebraska American Red Cross, says this is an important time of the year for them.
Our volunteers, they do so many things for the Red Cross. They really are the heartbeat and they deliver the mission each and every day. So we just want to take this month to really share the great work that they do. We’re actually having some disaster training classes across the state. We’re actually honoring some local heroes at the Omaha Chapter. It is just really amazing and so we just want to bring on new volunteers. And just share the experiences that are available to people to volunteer for the Red Cross.
The American Red Cross has also put out an urgent appeal for blood, which means they have less than 3 days supply on their shelves.
If you want to find a blood drive near you, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or go to redcrossblood.org, or download the free Red Cross Blood Donor app.