Yates County Chapter celebrates Red Cross month

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
ohn Scalpi, owner of Close-Outs and The Sheridan House, Short Term Efficiency Rentals, on Elm Street, is partnering with the American Red Cross allowing the use of his apartments when the need arises during a local disaster. From left are Chet Briggs, ARC Volunteer Disaster Coordinator and owner John Scalpi.

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking people to join them in helping those in need by volunteering their time, making a donation, taking a class, or giving blood.

“When someone provides a hot meal to a disaster victim, gives blood, takes a first aid class, or helps someone in the military, they join the Red Cross,” said Carol Oswald, Executive Director, Yates County Chapter. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to all who support us. That support enables us to provide help and hope to those who need our assistance.”

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents have called on people to support the American Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in 1943. Since that time, President Obama and every president between have issued proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.

The Red Cross has been helping people for 130 years, responding to disasters, assisting members of the military, teaching lifesaving skills, and serving as one of the largest blood suppliers in the United States.

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 200 disasters every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families, and supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

The Yates County Chapter trained over 927 people in the community in first aid, CPR, and other lifesaving skills. Without the Red Cross, this vital training would be difficult to obtain. In addition, the Red Cross assists victims of disasters such as house fires and floods. They also coordinate local blood drives.

“We work very diligently to help those in need,” Oswald said. “Whether out on a disaster, alongside our troops, at a blood drive or in a first aid class, Red Cross workers touch the lives of millions of people every year.”

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.

“When people join the Red Cross by volunteering, donating blood, taking a course or making a contribution, they enable us to continue our work, both here at home, and around the world,” Oswald said.

The Yates County Chapter has a number of activities planned this year, including participating in a statewide shelter drill on March 19; teaming with Ameriprise Financial Advisors to raise items for the Needs ‘n’ Things Pantry throughout the month of March; Red Cross Aquatics Camp May 26-30 at Hobart & William Smith College; and a variety of health and safety classes throughout the year. For details, visit yatesredcross.org.

Penny Chapman, ARC Board member and Kathy Marchenese, Boat Captain, following the Boat from the Clara Barton Chapter of the American Red Cross from Dansville, who came and join the Cruising for a Cause on Sept. 11 on Keuka Lake.