March Declared Red Cross Month In Iowa

Fri 3-4-2016 []

(Undated)-- Iowans are familiar with chapters of the American Red Cross in the state responding to calls for help in their communities, whether it's due to a natural disaster like a tornado, or a house fire that affects a single family. But they might not realize they've been doing it for a century. The first Red Cross chapter in Iowa was founded in Cedar Falls in 1916, making this year the group's centennial. Kara Kelly with the Red Cross in Iowa says the group is unique in its ability to mobilize volunteers when needed...Red Cross Month01 

In the last fiscal year, the Red Cross responded to 718 local emergencies in Iowa, and trained nearly 63-thousand people in life-saving skills.

Kelly says the Red Cross is active in a variety of lower-profile ways as well, including assisting military families, coordinating blood drives and vaccinating children...Red Cross Month02 

The Red Cross says roughly 91 cents of every dollar the organization spends goes toward humanitarian services and programs.

(From the Iowa News Service).