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Everyday Heroes Celebrated During Red Cross Month

March 1, 2016, 1:09 PM HST
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Hawai'i State Chapter of the American Red Cross file photo.

Hawai’i State Chapter of the American Red Cross file photo.

The month of March is being celebrated as American Red Cross month across the country with the recognition of everyday heroes.

Back in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross month proclamation. In the proclamation, President Roosevelt called on Americans to “rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.”

Since then, the Red Cross has been recognized for its role for over 130 years in helping not only individuals within America, but also around the world.

“Hawai’i has no shortage of everyday heroes,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Hawai’i Red Cross Chief Executive Officer.  “They are selfless Red Cross volunteers and supporters who embody the spirit of humanitarianism and bring hope to those in need. During Red Cross Month, we honor and applaud them for their invaluable contribution.”

Everyday heroes are the foundation of the Red Cross and its mission, according to Red Cross.


Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and respond to home fires and other disasters every four days. The Red Cross provides shelter, emotional support, and other necessities to individuals affected by disasters.


In addition, the Red Cross educates local youth, organizations, and businesses on how to prepare before disasters strike. The Red Cross also supports supporting service members, veterans, and their families and trains in first aid and other life saving skills.

During the 2015 fiscal year, the Hawai’i branch of the Red Cross responded to 85 local emergencies, assisted 1,813 military families, and trained 12,262 people in lifesaving skills.

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