March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross recognizes our partners who help our community by giving of themselves -- the volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.

March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, giving blood, or taking a Red Cross class.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Here in Carroll, Harrison and Tuscarawas counties last year, the Muskingum Lakes Chapter responded to 33 local emergencies, assisted 51 military families and trained 1,343 youth and adults in lifesaving skills.

And, people from this area received nearly 500 smoke detectors, helping to save lives!

We thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an everyday hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors. Contact us at 330-343-8633 or visit www.redcross.org/mlc to learn more.

Chad Conrad


Muskingum Lakes Chapter