Great Falls, MT, March 7, 2017— March is Red Cross Month, a time when the Red Cross honors the volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring help and hope to people during life’s most trying emergencies.

“During Red Cross Month, we thank all those who support our humanitarian mission” said Anna Fernández-Gevaert, a spokesperson for the Red Cross. “It is also a great time to sign up to volunteer and to start training for our busiest disaster season here in Montana.”

The Red Cross depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. In fiscal year 2016, Montana Red Cross volunteers responded to 223 local emergencies, assisted 257 military families and trained 10,123 people in lifesaving skills. As part of our Home Fire Campaign, our volunteers visited 708 homes, installed 1,881 smoke alarms and assisted 528 households with developing home fire evacuation plans

“There are so many ways to contribute to our mission,” said Fernández-Gevaert, a spokesperson for the Red Cross. “When you sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross, we work with you to find a role that is both challenging and fulfilling.”

People who are interested in long-term volunteer opportunities can visit www.redcross.org/montana to submit an application. A background check will be performed on all volunteer applicants. All volunteer training is free.

DONATE

To help the people affected by disasters, please make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To donate, please go to www.redcross.org/montana or call 1-800-272-6668. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Montana, 1300 28th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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