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March Proclaimed as Red Cross Month

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Tell Your Story and Win a Trip to See Keith Urban in Washington D.C.

 Ellis County  –To commemorate March as Red Cross Month, a Proclamation has been signed and issued by President Barack Obama, a tradition upheld by every U.S. President dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. Locally, many public officials will follow suit.

During the month of March, in celebration of Red Cross Month and in the spirit of volunteerism, the Red Cross is launching the first ever Change a Life contest.

Entrants are invited to tell us how a Red Cross experience changed your life or someone else’s life. The Grand Prize
winner will receive two tickets to see Keith Urban in concert on his Escape Together World Tour in Washington, DC on Aug. 20.

The package includes backstage passes, hotel accommodations, and a tour of the National American Red Cross headquarters’ Disaster Operations Center. The Second Prize winner will receive a 52” Phillips HD LCD flat screen television and DVD Player!

Entries must be received by March 16, 2009. Visit
www.redcross.org to enter today!

In every disaster response and relief effort, volunteers are the cornerstone of what the Red Cross does; they are 96 percent of the work force of the Red Cross—without their giving spirit, disaster relief operations would fall short, blood donations would not be there for those in need, and the mission of the Red Cross could not be fulfilled.

In the Dallas area and surrounding counties alone, the American Red Cross responded to 822 house fires last year, and helped 3,817 people recover from the devastation. Because of generous donors, the Red Cross was able to provide $855,000 in direct financial assistance to these fire victims.

In Navarro and Ellis Counties specifically, the Red Cross responded to 104 disasters and helped 167 people pick up the pieces. That cost of responding totaled more than $77,000.

From helping military families stay connected with service members around the world, teaching CPR and first aid in community centers, or supporting other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with emergencies around the world, volunteers are critical to the success of each and every Red Cross endeavor.

This month serves as an occasion to honor and thank the members of our Red Cross family and also as a reminder that the American Red Cross makes a difference everyday in communities around the nation and the world. You can help by becoming a volunteer, donating money or scheduling an appointment to donate blood.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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