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March 21, 2011

Red Cross Reality

The American Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters every year (that's one every eight minutes). March is Red Cross Month, and thus it is even more appropriate to remind people that the Red Cross relies on your support. Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive state or federal funding. Red Cross has 4,000 local volunteers in this great state who donate 300,000 hours of their time every year to provide services and relief to many throughout our island ohana and elsewhere. In the last three months alone, your local Red Cross has responded at 18 fires and staffed five shelters due to flooding and a fire.

Over 2,000 military families in Hawaii rely on Red Cross here for support during emergencies and to help facilitate communication. Over 33,000 Hawaii residents annually learn vital skills in CPR, first aid, aquatics, nurse aid and babysitting through the Red Cross. Check out the free swimming lessons, offered for over four decades now, at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Disaster volunteers are on call every hour of every day of every week, with as little as two hours of preparation time if need be. A co-worker of mine spent two-weeks in New York right after 9/11- a life-changing experience for her, and certainly for those she helped. The need for aid in many forms is huge right now in Japan, and you can be of assistance by contacting one of the nine local Red Cross offices. It's Red Cross Month-if they can give their time, maybe you can give a gift; now. Think about it…

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