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Recognizing American Red Cross Month
Elizabeth Bemis

By: Elizabeth Bemis on March 5th, 2016

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Recognizing American Red Cross Month

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American Red Cross Month

March is “American Red Cross Month”, which makes it the perfect time to recognize the work of this valuable organization and its volunteers. The goal of “American Red Cross Month” is to bring awareness to the public so they understand how what they do can help people all over the world. Volunteers include those who donate blood, CPR trainees, volunteers who show up to respond to a home fire in the middle of the night.  These are the everyday heroes of the Red Cross who make a difference in communities across the United States and around the world.

“American Red Cross Month” started in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt named March as the month to support the Red Cross and raise money for WWII. Ever since then it has been a month to raise awareness and get more people to donate blood.

One of the main ways many people help throughout the country is by giving blood. A simple donation takes a small amount of time out of your day, but is extremely helpful and important. Almost anyone can donate.

Seniors are major receivers of blood transfusions, but are not eligible to give donations. Being that many seniors are anemic, blood transfusions are often necessary to improve health. Those who are anemic have a low amount of iron in the blood, which causes weakness. Younger people can regenerate blood quicker and are stronger, which makes them a main source for blood donations.

It is important to give blood to help others who are in need of blood because of accidents, or like many seniors, because of health issues. Giving blood is simple and easy, and can save a life. Without volunteers, many people could be in trouble. A simple act of giving healthy blood can improve someone's quality life.

If you'd like to honor the month and donate blood, you can make an appointment or look for a blood drive close to you. It only takes a little bit of time out of your day, and will help someone in need.

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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