President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed the month of March as Red Cross Month 70 years ago.  Since 1943, every single President since then has followed suit - commemorating the organizations more-than 130 year commitment to helping our communities.

Col. Penny Dieryck, chairperson of the board of directors for the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross commented on the month-long celebration:  "Please remember those who help all of us here in northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin by giving their time to help their neighbor".

To celebrate, the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross has some special events planned:

  • On Monday, March 4, the public is invited to donate blood at Calumet Specialty Products’ main conference room, 2407 Stinson Avenue, Superior from noon to 5:45 pm. Calumet has a goal of 100 blood donations in honor of Jackson Beattie, the four year-old son of Calumet employee David Beattie. Jackson was transfused with donated blood during a recent kidney transplant and Calumet will donate $25 to the Kidney Foundation for every blood donation. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call 218-348-9051.
  •  The Northland Chapter will also host a day-long open house on March 4 at its headquarters at 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and information about Red Cross services. Tours and demonstrations of free Red Cross apps and hands-only CPR will be available.
  •  Superior High School Students from the Chamber Youth Leadership Program will canvas neighborhoods in Superior and provide free information about disaster preparedness.
  •  The Northland Chapter will launch its Campaign for Corporates on March 4, to encourage area businesses to support the Red Cross by “adopting” a day of disaster relief by March 30.

For more information on how you can get involved with the local Red Cross, call 218-722-0071.