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Volunteers asked to pitch in during National Red Cross Month

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(03/10/14) - For 133 years, the American Red Cross has been there when you needed them.

"On the disaster side, a lot of those volunteers, maybe responding to a house fire, that sort of thing. Some kind of a, we'll send people out of state, Oklahoma had their tornado situation last year, Superstorm Sandy," said Todd Kulman, of the American Red Cross.

While disaster relief is one of the more recognizable ways people give back, there are many other ways to use your talents.

"They'll try to develop your skills so whatever you think that you can give, they'll work with you," said Marcos Sermeno, American Red Cross volunteer.

On this day, Marcos Sermeno, a Flint-area auto worker, volunteered as a canteen worker at the blood donation center.

"You are the last face that they see before they leave, so you want to leave a lasting reputation on them and you also want to make sure that they are willing to sign up again for the next blood drive," he said.

This month, the organization is saying 'thank you' to people like Marcos - and urging others to join - during 'National Red Cross Month'.

"A lot of 'pay it forward' I think, with the Red Cross volunteers. And, thank goodness for them because they, they help us accomplish our mission," Kulman said.

Greg Eve is passionate about his role as a volunteer blood donor. He made a commitment to give regularly after his grandfather needed blood following a surgery in the '80s.

"There's other ways to be charitable, but this one seems to have a very direct effect," he said.

Marcos has only been volunteering for a few months, and he's already thinking about giving more.

"I would love to do some traveling humanitarian work, and that's what's so great about this organization, is that it's, it's global and it's local. So no matter where you want to end up, there's a spot for you," he said.

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