Letter: Response by volunteers applauded



March is Red Cross month, a time to recognize the work of the Red Cross in our community, and a time to recognize local donors and our more than 600 volunteers by letting them know how much we appreciate and depend upon their support to help people in need.

Last year, chapter volunteers assisted 112 families that had fallen victim to disasters, provided service to 545 military families, trained 9,099 people in lifesaving skills, and collected 24,417 units of blood.

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year, provides support to members of the military, assists veterans and their families, collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and last year trained more than nine million people in First Aid and other lifesaving skills.

To those whose generosity enables us to continue this work, thank you. For those who would like to become part of the Red Cross movement, Red Cross month is a great time to get involved. You can help by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, taking a class, and/or by giving blood.

As board chair of Southwest Washington Red Cross (http://swwredcross.org), I ask readers to please help us help those in need by supporting your American Red Cross.

Randall C. Salisbury