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March is Red Cross Month: Here’s how you can be a hero to someone in need

(Press Release) — It’s Red Cross Month and the NMI chapter is asking people throughout the commonwealth to become a hero by getting trained, becoming a volunteer or making a donation to #help1family on Giving Day, March 28.

“The Red Cross is powered by our volunteer heroes who give of their time, talents and compassion to fulfill our vital humanitarian mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering,” said Tayna Belyeu Camacho, board chair. “They’re familia, neighbors or stranger from our community, who teach First Aid and CPR classes, who respond to a fire in Garapan at 2 a.m., who support those in need at what may be the worst time in their lives. We honor them during Red Cross Month and ask you to consider joining us and making a difference.”

This year the Red Cross salutes all the heroes who make a difference in their communities by:

• Volunteering to help people impacted by a disaster

• Taking a first aid, CPR or lifeguarding class to help in an emergency

• Providing comfort to a member of the military, a veteran or their family

Home fires are the most common disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year.

Here in the CNMI, we responded to 9 home fires and helped nearly 40 individuals in the last year.

In addition, we have taught over 400 students on the importance of disaster awareness and preparedness.

Volunteers drop everything — at any time of the day or night — to help people who have lost everything.

“These are the moments when I can witness strangers helping other strangers in their greatest moments of need,” said Red Cross disaster program manager Juan Diego Tenoro.

What we do

The Red Cross has been helping people in need for more than 130 years. And much of our work is accomplished through the work of our volunteers. The Red Cross:

• Responds to nearly 64,000 disasters across the country providing hope and comfort to people in need.

• Trains and provides information to nearly 5.9 million people in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives.

• Collects nearly 4.9 million units of blood from more than 2.8 million volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients at hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

• Provides nearly 391,000 support services to military members, veterans and their families.

• Helps more than 181 million people outside the U.S. through disaster management and disease prevention efforts.

Giving day

The Red Cross is asking everyone to support people impacted by disasters and#help1family on Giving Day ,Wednesday, March 28. Your donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most. Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people across the country in need of emergency assistance. Donate now by visiting

During March, be a hero and join the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross. More information is available on how you can help at 234-3459 or

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross 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 our community to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or on Twitter at @RedCross.