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March 2, 2013

Activities set for Red Cross Month

JOHNSTOWN — The American Red Cross is celebrating Red Cross Month this month by recognizing the nation’s heroes with a special event, the illumination of the Stone Bridge in Johnstown, in the organization’s colors of red and white, plus other activities.

The Stone Bridge Light Up event will be held from Wednesday through March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. The red and white lights will commemorate one of the early Red Cross achievements, the five-month-long program to help victims of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.

The Light Up event is being made possible through the partnership of the Keystone Chapter of the Red Cross, the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region of the Red Cross and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association.

In addition, the Keystone Chapter will hold the following health and safety courses at its office, located at 250 Jari Drive in Richland Township:

• Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., adult CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) course, $70.

• Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., adult and pediatric first aid, CPR and AED course, $110.

• March 19 and 26: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CPR and AED course for professional rescuers and health-care providers, $110.

• March 20: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., adult first aid, CPR and AED course, $90.

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“March is a time to think of those individuals who help all of us here in Somerset and Cambria counties by giving their time to help their neighbors,” said Colleen Sherman, executive director of the local Red Cross.

“We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.”

In Somerset and Cambria counties, the Keystone Chapter responds to approximately 50 local emergencies, provides more than 160 services to military families and trains more than 1,500 people in lifesaving skills on a yearly basis, she said.

“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross, and there are many different ways to do it,” Sherman said.

“They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”

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