By Kevin Harvison
March is American Red Cross Month, a special time to recognize and thank those who volunteer, donate blood, take life-saving courses or provide financial donations to support an organization whose mission is to help those in need. Pictured from left are, McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison and Director of the Southeastern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, Lynn Edwards with a proclamation naming March 2013 as American Red Cross Month. Across the country the American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year. It provides some 400,000 services to military members, veterans and civilians, collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.