America is a special place, where someone you may not know will give you their blood, or provide you with shelter. In 1943, President Roosevelt recognized the American Red Cross as a true reflection of that humanitarian, volunteer spirit and proclaimed March as Red Cross Month, a tradition continued by every president since then.
The day-to-day work of the Red Cross is centered on communities like ours and done by volunteers. This year, 1,500 of our neighbors volunteered for the Red Cross and responded to 229 local disasters. In honor of their service, we are celebrating those who have given time, blood or financial contributions to enable the Red Cross to perform its life-saving mission. None of this would be possible without them.
As chairman of our local Red Cross, I believe we can take great pride in what we’ve done together. Thanks to your support, there was a place where our neighbors could go to learn first aid and CPR (91,000 this year alone), and how to save lives with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).
This year, the Red Cross was also the place where 21,000 families separated by military service were able to stay connected and exchange messages about family emergencies. And more than 350,000 units of blood for Southern California hospital patients were provided by generous local donors.
San Diego is still a place where neighbors help neighbors, and your support of our Red Cross is a true reflection of that spirit. Together, we can save a life.
Alexis Gutierrez, Chairman
Board of Directors
American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter