Let me first apologize for the deceptive title of this column for those of you reading this with the hope of gaining some insight into college basketball. It’s not that kind of March Madness. Instead I am alluding to the current state of the world all around us and the sheer insanity that seems to be a constant part of our (un)balanced breakfast.
It has been one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and it’s not yet over, despite the heavy population of unmasked, non-distanced individuals I’ve recently had the misfortune of meeting (for anyone else who attended the girls’ regional championship game in Hartley, you know the “Rockets” to which I refer!). The vaccine is well on its way, but it will take time.
Meanwhile in other news, there’s ice in the south, fires in the west, and political unrest in the east. With everything that’s happening around us I’m again reminded of the advantages to living in a flyover state.
However, just because severe tragedy may not exist in our own backyard, at least not yet, it doesn’t mean we can just rest in our comforts and watch the world suffer.
Luckily, studies are showing that more people want to help others at this unprecedented time than ever before, and now is the perfect time to do so!
March is Red Cross Month and a time to honor the individuals across the country turning compassion into action, helping others in times of crisis. The Red Cross Month celebration has been an annual tradition since 1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.
Anyone can get involved – Here’s a few examples of how:
• Donate: Support Disaster Relief efforts at redcross.org/GivingDay. A gift of any size makes a difference to provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance. Your donation will be part of our annual Giving Day on March 24 to aid families in need across the country.
• Volunteer: Visit redcross.org/VolunteerToday for most-needed positions and local opportunities.
• Give Blood: If you’re healthy and feeling well, make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org. Your donation can make a lifesaving difference for a patient in need. As a thank you, those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma on March 15-26 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
• Learn Life-Saving Skills: Take a class in skills like CPR and first aid to help in an emergency at redcross.org/TakeAClass. Online options include a Psychological First Aid for COVID-19 course, which covers how to manage stress and support yourself and others.
I hope everyone has a great March!