LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada encourages residents to become volunteers and donate blood to help those in need.

Across the country there are more than 300,000 Red Cross volunteers serving their communities responding to thousands of disasters, supporting blood drives to help patients get the care they need, helping members of the military and their families , and helping communities prepare for emergencies. Worldwide.

“We are honored to participate in the National Day of Service and pay tribute to Dr. King’s enduring impact on our country,” said Rachel Flanigan, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada. “This day is a reminder of the power we have to make a difference in the lives of others as Red Cross volunteers supporting our community in times of crisis.”

Last year, Red Cross volunteers in Southern Nevada helped 355 families displaced by home fires, installed more than 1,100 free smoke detectors, and helped 517 blood drives collect more than 10,000 units of blood, Flanigan said.

“We invite members of our community to act on Dr. King’s legacy today and commit to volunteering with us throughout the year,” Flanigan said. “Service has the power to unite communities, build bridges and heal divisions. The service unites people regardless of race, religion or zip code.”

In southern Nevada last year, more than 650 residents volunteered more than 28,000 hours to help their community.

“Today we encourage residents to become Red Cross volunteers and answer Dr. King’s call to serve and make a difference in the lives of people in our community,” Flanigan said.

For more information and to apply for a volunteer position, click on this link.