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March is more than the parade. It is Red Cross Month, too

March is Red Cross Month - what exactly does that mean? Each year in March we proclaim that March is Red Cross Month. Photos are taken with dignitaries and community leaders, who sign proclamations saying it is so. Red Cross flags are flown, special events are planned to commemorate the month and funds are raised to help support the American Red Cross. But what does this all really mean?

{Q}Red Cross month actually serves several purposes. It is a time when nationally the public recognizes the organization for the services is provides to those in need.{Q}It is a time when Red Cross volunteers who

give of themselves throughout the year are honored for the selfless work that they do. Historically it is a time when people were asked to give what they could financially to support the American Red Cross. So as you can see March is Red Cross Month means a lot of things to a lot of people.

Onondaga County is served by the Onondaga-Oswego Chapter of the American Red Cross. We have a branch office in Oswego but are reaching out every day to touch the lives of our friends and neighbors in outlying areas.

We bring Red Cross health and safety training classes to areas throughout both counties using trained Red Cross instructors and/or authorized providers. It provides disaster services to those who require our services when they are affected by fire or some other natural disaster. We provide volunteers to staff blood drives throughout the

counties, we are the conduit between the member of the armed forces and their family in times of need, and we are continually preparing public for any potential disasters.

March is a special time for Red Cross staff, volunteers and friends. They invite you to join in several events happening in Onondaga and Oswego counties to find out more visit our Web site at syrarc.org or just stop by your local Red Cross office. We welcome visitors at any time and

we are always in need of volunteers in many areas. Or, just check out our Web site at syrarc.org to learn more

about the American Red Cross, the services provided and the many varied opportunities there are to become involved. Support the Red Cross and change a life, starting with your own.

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