JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Many people think of blood drives when they hear the words "American Red Cross."
But this humanitarian organization, which has been around since 1881 when it was founded by Clara Barton, does much more than just collect plasma and platelets.
It also provides support to those who find themselves victims of Mother Nature. The charity and its volunteers respond to fires, floods, and tornadoes.
"On a daily basis we are assisting someone who has lost their home to fire," said Pam Knapp-Carver, executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Their essential needs are met right away."
To do so demands a great deal of money.
In fact, "Every Red Cent Counts."
That's the name of a month-long fundraiser currently underway in Region 8.
Now through March 31, teams across Northeast Arkansas will raise money to support the services Red Cross provides.
"We depend on our communities to support us," said Knapp-Carver. "We do not receive funding from our government or any other big entity. We are expected to support what we do in northeast Arkansas."
To that end, several fundraising events are planned during the month of March including painting classes and Boston butt sale.
For more information on how you can donate or a list of fundraising events in your community, call the Jonesboro office at (870) 932-3212.