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The Importance Of ‘Everyday Heroes’

In honor of National Red Cross Month, we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes from Long Island who reach out to help their neighbors when they need it most.

These everyday heroes help disaster victims get back on the road to recovery. They donate lifesaving blood. They help brighten the day of injured service members who are far from home. They take lifesaving skills classes; they then step forward to help a heart attack victim or to save a drowning child.

March is the perfect time to become part of the Red Cross. Long Island residents can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. Families or household members can work together on an emergency preparedness plan. Individuals can give blood to help those in need, or make a financial donation that will help the Red Cross carry out its humanitarian programs and services.

Last year on Long Island, the Red Cross helped nearly 1,000 residents following local disasters. This does not include the thousands of Long Islanders we assisted in the aftermath of Sandy. We also helped hundreds of military families and trained more than 45,000 people in lifesaving skills. What’s more, Long Islanders donated nearly 3,500 units of blood at Red Cross blood drives. Each unit of blood donated has the potential to save up to three people.

National Red Cross Month celebrates the Red Cross, its lifesaving mission, and all those who support our mission. We are grateful to our supporters for their generosity, which enables us to continue our vital programs and services. We encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by joining with us to help our neighbors in need.

To learn more about our mission visit, www.redcross.org.

John Miller is the CEO of Long Island Red Cross