For over 70 years, March has been designated as national Red Cross Month to recognize the critical services this humanitarian organization provides to the community. “During March, we want to encourage everyone to take part in the Red Cross mission of saving lives and giving hope to those in need. To get involved, take a Red Cross class to learn lifesaving skills, volunteer to help those in need, get prepared for disasters, or make a donation,” says Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii Red Cross.
It’s always looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Red Cross volunteers not only respond to house fires, but teach lifesaving skills, support military members in the community, and much more.
Matayoshi says it needs office workers, nurses, mental health workers, Human Animal Bond Program volunteers, High School Red Cross Club member, Youth Pillowcase presenters, and Home Fire installation team members.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross. We currently have about 3,000 volunteers statewide and over 95% of our services are provided by dedicated volunteers. Go to hawaiiredcross.org to learn more about the different opportunities,” urges Matayoshi.
One way people can contribute to the Red Cross this month is by purchasing a Papa John’s pizza! Papa John’s selected the Hawaii Red Cross as the “Charity of the Month” for March in honor of Red Cross month.
During the entire month of March, you can use the code ‘ALOHA’ when ordering pizza online and a $1 from each order will go to the Hawaii Red Cross. Also throughout the entire month of March, purchase an Aloha Carry-Out Card for $10 and $7 will go to the Hawaii Red Cross!
The Aloha Carry-Out Card is good for buy one get one free pizza, all year long. Or go to redcross.org/Hawaii or call (808) 739-8109 to make a financial donation.
Also this month the Red Cross is doing a preparedness social media campaign with HMSA. Throughout the month, visit the ‘Hawaii Red Cross’ Facebook Page to participate in weekly “preparedness” quizzes.
Each Tuesday, it will post a quiz question on preparedness. In partnership with HMSA, it’ll be giving away prize packs that include things like a first aid kit, water bottle, towel, backpack and more. Facebook.com/hawaiiredcross.