March is Red Cross Month

Local Red Cross Appeals to local Valleyites for Support

[Imperial Valley]– The Imperial Valley Service Center of the American Red Cross is celebrating Red Cross Month this March by giving thanks to the hundreds of people in Imperial County who have personified America’s humanitarian spirit by donating their time, money and blood during the last year.

“America has always been a place of humanitarian action and compassion—a place where people take care of each other whether those in need are down the block or around the globe,” said Sylvia Preciado, Manager of the Imperial Valley Service Center.   “The Red Cross in Imperial Valley has relied on the everyday volunteers who donate time, blood or money; volunteers who help coordinate blood drives, volunteers who are providing vital Community Disaster and Health & Safety Education; volunteers who are on call 24/7 to answer a disaster call.”

In the past year alone, the Imperial Valley Service Center responded to local emergencies, assisted countless military families and trained people in lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid. IVSC Red Cross volunteers are the core of the Red Cross, donating their time and energy to selflessly serve those in need; demonstrating the compassion and generosity for which Americans are known.

The IVSC and its nearly 65 volunteers and donors provide valuable tools and education to individuals, families, workplaces and schools; making us all stronger and more resilient.

Another major focus of March is Red Cross Month is to raise funds to support the many services provided everyday in the Imperial Valley.  The current state of our goal has fallen close to $45,000 short.  Though funds have been steadily arriving for the International Relief efforts in Haiti; those funds are directed to that specific Disaster Campaign.

“As a volunteer-led organization, the American Red Cross relies on the generosity of Valleyites to support our relief services for families affected by home fires and other disasters, and to prepare and train families in how to prevent and respond to potential emergencies,” said Preciado  “When you help the Red Cross, you are really helping your neighbors in Imperial County.”

The IVSC Red Cross needs continued support in the coming year.  Disasters can strike our community at any time.  This month and throughout the year, the Red Cross is asking people to give generously to the Imperial Valley Service Center. Your tax deductible donation can be mailed or brought to American Red Cross – IVSC 781 Broadway, El Centro 92243.    There are three ways you can make your check-credit card donation; either by Direct Designation to the Imperial Valley Service Center, Prepare Imperial Valley Roll Call Campaign and/or the World Red Cross Day Reception which will take place on May 8, 2010.

For more information on these Fundraising Campaigns please visit our office, or contact Sylvia Preciado at 760_352-4541 extension 6221.

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