EASLEY — Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell signed a proclamation last week designating March as “American Red Cross Month,” recognizing everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.
Pickens County is part of the Western Carolinas Red Cross region, which encompasses 11 counties in the Upstate and 16 counties in North Carolina.
The proclamation applauded American Red Cross heroes who are on the front lines every day, volunteering their time, giving blood, taking life-saving courses or providing financial donations to help those in need.
In Pickens County, the Red Cross has provided assistance to 70 people whose lives were disrupted by 25 disasters or emergency incidents.
In addition, the organization trained nearly 6,000 adults and children in disaster preparedness; taught life saving skills, first aid, water safety and more to over 20,000 people. It also helped members of the armed forces and their families. Nationally, the Red Cross collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.