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Your Views: Pitch in to help local Red Cross efforts in March

POSTED: March 14, 2012 1:00 a.m.

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, and how we depend on public support to help people in need.

Thanks to support from individuals, organizations and businesses here in Gainesville, Hall County and the 11 other counties we serve, the American Red Cross is able to respond to disasters both large and small. We help members of the military, veterans and their families, provide blood for those in need and teach lifesaving skills.

We want to thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, both here at home and around the world. You can help by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class or giving blood.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. We provide 24-hour support to members of the military, collect and distribute more than 40 percent of the nation's blood supply and train more than 9 million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year.

Here in Hall County and surrounding counties, the Northeast Georgia Chapter responded to many local emergencies. We assisted military families and trained people in lifesaving skills. In addition, people from this area donated blood.

Red Cross Month is the perfect time for people to become a part of our mission and help people in need by making a donation, volunteering, giving blood or taking a class. Please help us help those in need - please support the American Red Cross.

Mike Brown
Interim CEO, Northeast Georgia Chapter, Red Cross



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