Red Cross Celebrates Red Cross Month in March, Blood Supply Remains Low

In March, the American Red Cross of Nebraska ( honored 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.

In 2021, the Red Cross responded to more than 400 disasters in Nebraska, most of which were home fires, providing care and comfort to nearly 575 households. Volunteers and supporters are needed now more than ever to ensure Red Cross services can continue to be provided when emergencies happen.

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.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit them on Twitter at @RedCross.