EDITOR: It's Red Cross Month and we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.

These everyday heroes are our volunteers who help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. They give blood to help someone in the hospital. They brighten the day of an injured service member in a hospital far from home. They take our classes and step forward to help someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.

March is also a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It's easy. Household members can work together on a preparedness plan. People can sign up to take a class or volunteer their time. They can give blood or make a financial donation.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Regionally, last year we responded to 415 disasters; assisted over 1,000 military families with emergency messages and deployment trainings; and trained just over 35,000 people in lifesaving skills like CPR, First Aid, Aquatics and Water Safety and Caregiving. And, people from this region donated approximately 79,000 units of blood.

At the Bradford-Sullivan Chapter, we responded to 19 incidents and helped 19 families; assisted 35 military families with emergency messages and deployment trainings; trained just over 720 people in health and safety classes; and collected approximately 4,730 units of blood at blood drives.

Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of everyone who supports our mission. We are grateful to the individuals, families, local businesses and foundations for their generosity which enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an Everyday Hero during Red Cross Month by helping their neighbors.

Terese DeLaPlaine

Executive Director

Bradford-Sullivan Chapter