HARDIN COUNTY - During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes the nation's Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

"We want to thank our heroes during Red Cross Month - our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need," said Collene Conley, Director, Hardin County Red Cross, "These Everyday Heroes help to create hope at a time of disaster, provide lifesaving blood, support and comfort member of the armed forces and their families, and react with skilled training when needed."

In our community, the Hardin County Red Cross responded to 10 local emergencies assisting 30 people, assisted with 12 communications for military families with follow-up assisting 33 people, and held 52 blood drives collecting 1732 units of blood. Three fundraising events were held during the year: Plaza Inn Benefit Dinner, Golf Scramble at Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course and Pancake Breakfast at the Kenton Moose Family Center.

"Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross and there are many different ways to do it," Conley said. "They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer, give blood, or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few." To sign up, call 419.674.2295 or visit redcross.org/allen.

During Red Cross Month, a Chicken Benefit Dinner will be held at Henry's Restaurant, in Kenton, on Tuesday, March 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling 419-674-2295 or you can get tickets from any advisory board member.