From press reports
During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the
nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help
On Tuesday, March 13, members of the Winston County NAACP who are
active volunteers with the local Red Cross attended the annual Heroes
Luncheon in Jackson. NAACP Chairman Charles Hampton and NAACP members
Norris Suttles, Marie Suttles, Essie Jackson, and Bonnie Edwards
joined over 200 volunteers from around the state.
Key Note speaker for the event was David Sanderson. Mr. Sanderson
survived “The Miracle on the Hudson” when a bird strike hit US
Airways Flight 1549. The crew ditched the plane in the Hudson River.
Mr. Sanders was the last person off the plane that day and was
largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out
safely. He raised up a Red Cross blanket and praised the Red Cross
volunteers for meeting him and the other passengers and crew as they
reached the river’s shoreline to render assistance. He keeps that Red
Cross blanket as a reminder of what everyday heroes can do in every
local community throughout Mississippi, the United States, and around
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president,
including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month.
The Red Cross is synonymous with helping people and has been doing so
for more than 130 years.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this
country, providing shelter, food, emotional support, and other
necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members
of the military, veterans, and their families – in war zones,
military hospitals, and on military installations around the world;
collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood
supply, and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water
safety, and other life-saving skills every year.
Here in Mississippi, Red Cross responded to over 2,000 local
emergencies, assisted over 5,000 military families, and trained
around 17,000 people in lifesaving skills.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red
Cross and there are many different ways to do it,” said Sandra Hodge,
CEO, Red Cross Mississippi Region. “They can develop a preparedness
plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood,
or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of
time, money, and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of
every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in
About the American Red Cross Mississippi Region:
The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds, and
provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40
percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives;
provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military
members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the
American public to perform its mission. For more information, please
visit mississippi-redcross.org, like us on Facebook, or call the
Philadelphia Office at 601-728-7354.