Red Cross Month Begins
The Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton. It is a humanitarian entity that provides approximately 45% of the nation’s blood supply. The organization supports more than 1,000 organizations across the U.S. On average, only 3 out of 100 people donate blood and the average donation age is 53 years. Besides responding to large disasters like hurricanes or hosting blood drives in communities, the Red Cross also provides CPR and first aid training courses. They also prepare families for military services and send specialists to work with disaster survivors.
World Hearing Day
World Hearing Day is held on March 4th each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. The number one cause of hearing loss is exposure to excessively loud sounds (85 decibels or higher). Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a significant hearing loss. 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears). One in every three people over the age of 65 – a total of 165 million people worldwide – lives with hearing loss.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Rick Perry – Former Governor of Texas – born in Paint Creek, Texas
Knute Rockne – Notre Dame Football Coach – born in Voss, Norway