Red Cross honors community heroes during the annual Red Cross Month celebration in March

INDIANAPOLIS — In March, the Indiana Region is honoring the people who make its mission possible every day during its annual Red Cross Month celebration — a national tradition started nearly 80 years ago when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first national Red Cross Month proclamation recognizing those who give back through the American Red Cross. Each U.S. president has issued a proclamation ever since.

Chad Priest

“When emergencies strike, our community rallies together to help families and individuals when it matters most,” said Chad Priest, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross – Indiana Region. “We honor this dedication during our Red Cross Month celebration, and we invite everyone to turn their compassion into action by volunteering, giving blood, or taking a lifesaving skills course.”

Volunteers like James Christy Wareham, who experienced tragedy in his own life and saw how the Red Cross helped those in need, decided to give his time and resources to help others in their time of need. He serves as a disaster action team member, responding to local or national disasters to provide care and comfort to those affected by storms.

“The presence of the responder as the face of the Red Cross – our generous donors, the unseen staff, the volunteers in every community – helps make the impact of assistance truly meaningful and the hope in recovery sustaining,” said Wareham.

Join Red Cross Month by visiting to make a financial donation, give blood, become a volunteer or take a class in lifesaving skills, such as first aid and CPR. On March 23, you can also join our annual Red Cross Giving Day campaign by donating at to help provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support, and other assistance for people affected by disasters big and small.

The Red Cross blood supply remains incredibly vulnerable — especially as doctors begin to resume elective surgeries previously delayed by omicron. It’s critical that individuals schedule a blood or platelet donation immediately to help ensure patients get the care they need as soon as possible. To make an appointment, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

As a thank-you, all those who come to give March 1-31 will receive a $10 e-gift card, thanks to Fanatics. Plus, those who come to donate in March will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2022 MLB® All-Star Game® in Los Angeles, California.*