Red Cross Month kicks off to honor community heroes

ASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2024 — The American Red Cross Tennessee Region is kicking off its annual Red Cross Month celebration in March to honor local community heroes who help ensure their neighbors never face crises alone.

Red Cross Month is a national tradition that began in March 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation — and each U.S. president has followed ever since. In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee has declared March as Red Cross Month by proclamation.

“During Red Cross Month, we are proud to honor the people in our community who step up to support one another when help can’t wait during emergencies,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive officer for the Red Cross. “This relief and hope wouldn’t be possible without these local heroes. Please consider joining in their commitment by donating, volunteering, giving blood or platelets, or taking a lifesaving skills course.”

Join the Red Cross Month celebration by visiting to make a financial donation, give blood or platelets, become a volunteer or take a lifesaving skills course. Those who donate at on March 27 will be part of the 10th annual Red Cross Giving Day, which aims to rally 30,000 supporters nationwide to help provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance for people affected by disasters big and small.

As we approach the final weeks of winter, the public is urged to book a time to donate blood or platelets now as we continue to strengthen the blood supply heading into spring. Much like pets provide comfort and support, so does the Red Cross in local communities. As a thank-you for providing comfort during Red Cross Month, all come to give blood or platelets March 1-24 will get a $10 e-gift card to a pet supply merchant of choice, plus automatically be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card. There will be five winners. See for details.

HELP CAN’T WAIT WHEN EMERGENCIES STRIKE Volunteers comprise 90% of the national Red Cross workforce to power its lifesaving mission, along with generous blood, platelet and financial donors; people trained in skills like first aid and CPR; and other supporters. Below are some of the ways that people from the Mid-South community have delivered relief with the Red Cross in times of crisis:

The American Red Cross Tennessee Region has more than 2,290 volunteers who provide humanitarian relief where it is needed.
Red Cross volunteers responded to 2,280 disasters, assisting 2,788 local families.
Home Fire Campaign volunteers installed 2,976 free smoke alarms in homes across Tennessee in the past year.
In 2023, with the leadership of volunteers, the Red Cross provided 11,591 emergency and critical case services to military members, veterans and families.
Taught more than 243,900 people life-saving skills through community education courses.