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Red Cross honors community heroes during Red Cross Month in March

As extreme weather events, global crises and health emergencies upend lives, people are stepping up through the American Red Cross to care for one another in need.

This March, the Red Cross is honoring these community heroes — who make its mission possible — during the 80th annual American Red Cross Month celebration, a national tradition that began in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.

“When help can’t wait during emergencies, people in the Southern Missouri area rally together to provide relief and hope for neighbors in need,” said Stacy Burks, executive director of the Southern Missouri Chapter. “This humanitarian spirit is at the heart of our community, and we are proud to honor all those who make our mission possible during this year’s Red Cross Month celebration. You can join in their commitment by [donating, volunteering, giving blood or platelets, or taking a lifesaving skills course].”

Participate in Red Cross Month by visiting to make a financial donation, give blood or platelets, become a volunteer or take a class in lifesaving skills, such as first aid, CPR and how to use an AED. On March 22, 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 in the U.S.

Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation program

Home fires are the most frequent disaster response for the Red Cross, which is also working to help families stay safe by installing free smoke alarms during its Sound the Alarm home fire safety events in at-risk communities. If you are in need of a working smoke alarm, please visit or

Prevent a blood shortage

When volunteer blood and platelet donors lend an arm this March, they’ll help to prevent a shortage and keep the blood supply from dropping this spring. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma by March 31,​​​​ will receive a $10 Visa® Prepaid Card by email.* Plus, they'll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card – which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners.*

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through March 31 include the following:

Stone County

Reeds Spring

3/22/2023: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9113 E State Highway 76

Taney County


3/24/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 202 Vaughn Drive


3/24/2023: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Elks Lodge, 12951 US-160


3/21/2023: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 151 Elm St

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