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Calling all heros for March American Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross is recognizing the country's everyday heroes during Red Cross Month.

Here in North Dakota, Red Cross volunteers assist people during emergencies, teach lifesaving skills, or give financial donations to help people in need.

In fiscal year 2016, the American Red Cross in North Dakota responded to 117 local emergencies, assisted 554 people and installed 1,080 free smoke alarms.

Across the Dakotas Region, the Red Cross provided services to nearly 800 military members and their families. These acts of service truly save lives.

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. It's the time for people to become community heroes by two simple steps. First, be ready for the next emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Find helps at redcross.org/preparedness. Second, test your smoke alarms and ask your neighbors to do the same. If you don't' have smoke alarms, contact the local Red Cross chapter at (7010 364-1800 or go to redcross.org/northdakota for assistance.

People can also join our mission by signing up to be a Red Cross volunteer, blood donor or financial contributor at redcross.org.

Thank you to all of the Red Cross supporter in North Dakota who assist their neighbors during life's darkest hours. We are deeply grateful.

LeRoy Adams

Red Cross Dakotas Region Board Chair

West Fargo

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