Texas Gulf Coast Region residents advance legacy of Clara Barton, one of most honored women in US history

“Communities are at their best when there are people helping people,” said American Red Cross volunteer David Guth. “Throughout the year the Red Cross provides people an opportunity to make a difference- whether that be in responding to a disaster, donating blood or providing a financial donation- we can make a difference in our local communities by being a part.” 

This March, the Texas Gulf Coast Region is honoring those who make its mission possible during the 80th annual American Red Cross Month celebration— a national tradition thatbegan in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation. Across the Texas Gulf Coast Region local officials have declared March as Red Cross Month, where we will recognize community heroes.

“When help can’t wait during emergencies, people in the Texas Gulf Coast Region rally together to provide relief and hope for neighbors in need,” said Charles K. Blake, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Texas Gulf Coast Region. “This humanitarian spirit is at the heart of our community, and we are proud to honor all those who make our mission possible during this year’s Red Cross Month celebration. You can join in their commitment by donating, volunteering, giving blood, or taking a lifesaving skills course.”

Participate in Red Cross Month by visiting redcross.org/texas to make a financial donation, give blood, become a volunteer, or take a class in lifesaving skills, such as first aid, CPR and how to use an AED. On March 22, you can also join our annual Red Cross Giving Day campaign by donating at redcross.org/givingday to help provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance for people affected by disasters big and small.

CONTINUING CLARA BARTON’S LIFESAVING LEGACY: Today’s Red Cross volunteers and supporters are advancing the lifesaving legacy of Clara Barton, one of the most honored women in U.S. history, who founded the American Red Cross more than 140 years ago. Her vision to prevent and alleviate human suffering has never wavered. Generation after generation, people have come together to adapt this timeless mission for their communities’ most urgent needs.


Since, July 1, 2022, the Texas Gulf Coast region of the American Red Cross:

  • Responded to over 1,000 disasters across the region: more than 600 of them being home fire disasters.
  • We have also helpedover 2,000 families with Red Cross emergency assistance through disasters.

About the American Red Cross:

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 redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.