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Washington County chapter to observe Red Cross Month

March 02, 2007

The Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating Red Cross Month in March by giving thanks to the thousands of people in the county who have personified America's humanitarian spirit by donating their time, money and blood during the last year.

In the past year, the county chapter responded to 77 local emergencies, assisted 81 military families and trained 9,768 people in lifesaving skills such as CPR, first aid and water safety. A total of 10,755 people donated blood and 1,241 were first-time donors.

The county chapter and its nearly 600 volunteers and donors provide valuable tools and education to individuals, families, workplaces and schools, making us all stronger and more resilient.

In honor of Red Cross Month, the Washington County chapter will offer a Save-A-Life-Saturday to the community where anyone can take a free CPR/AED class. There will be a blood drive, and food services from the ERV (Emergency Rescue Vehicle).

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The event will be Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Cross building at 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown. Individuals may call the chapter at 301-739-0717 to register to give blood or attend the free training.

Another major focus of Red Cross Month is to raise funds to support the many community services provided by the Washington County chapter in Hagerstown.

You may make a financial donation by mailing your gift to American Red Cross, Washington County Chapter, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

For more information, call Maria I. Johns at 301-739-0717, send an e-mail to mjohns@hagerstownmdredcross.org or go to www.redcrosswcmd.org.

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