Today: Join the American Red Cross on Saturday, March 19, 2011, to learn basic life-saving CPR and first aid. This is a nationwide event, with programs throughout the USA, in honor of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Because being prepared in an emergency can help safe a life. If you recall, many of the bystanders in Tucson knew CPR and first aid and were able to save the lives of several victims, including that of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who received help from her intern Daniel Hernandez. In more than 100 locations across the USA today, the Red Cross is offering fast, easy and FREE programs to teach the basics of hands-only CPR, the treatment of shock and how to treat wounds. The classes are shortened versions of Red Cross training courses. The Red Cross Save-A-Life classes are approximately 45 minutes to one hour and being offered repeatedly during the day. Normally, these short classes cost $25, but are being offered free, sponsored by Safeway and Walgreens.
Find your location by zipcode on the Red Cross website. The Manhattan location is at the Red Cross at 520 West 49th Street.
- Note — New York’s Bravest, the FDNY, offers FREE one-hour CPR classes in fire department locations all over New York City, in different locations. Sign up at the official New York City government website, NYC.gov. This is a great program. It’s free, and you will learn enough to save somebody’s life. My thanks to a NYC on the Cheap reader for alerting me to this great free program.