By Myrna Trauntvein
The First Annual Red Cross Day will be held in Nephi on March 8.
The event will be held at the Juab County Fair Grounds and will begin at 1 p.m.
Lori Elbert, a member of the Red Cross event committee, attended Mona City Council meeting to request that the council help with funding support for the event.
"There are three different levels of support available," said Elbert.
She said the city could choose to contribute $10, $20, or $40 to help with expenses in bringing the First Annual Red Cross Day to the county.
Mona City Council members voted to donate $40 to the cause.
The committee is still looking for volunteers to help with the event, she said.
"This is a great event," Clifton Taylor, who is heading the Red Cross Day, said. "You don't need to donate blood to be involved, we have activities going on all afternoon for all ages."
The history of the Red Cross in Utah goes back to pioneer times.
The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross beginnings can be traced to May of 1898, when Emmeline B. Wells organized a group of 100 Utah women to provide comfort kits and meals to soldiers serving in the Spanish-American War.
As cavalry and artillery units left Salt Lake City for the war front, Red Cross volunteers filled their knapsacks with home-baked goods and hand-sewn clothing. So began the American Red Cross' first century of service in Utah.
In 1915, a Red Cross chapter called the "Weber County Chapter" began. Its name was later changed to the Northern Utah Chapter.
Just a short while later, in 1917, a chapter was chartered in Provo, and so began the American Red Cross' 100+ years of service in central and southern Utah.
Those who are interested in donating blood during Red Cross Day should contact Clifton Taylor, said Elbert.