Walgreens sponsors American Red Cross life-saving trainings

DEERFIELD, Ill. — One of the nation's largest drug store chains announced its sponsorship of nationwide life-saving trainings hosted by the American Red Cross.

The “Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday” event, which will be held March 19, will offer free training and instruction on hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding, and recognizing and managing shock. The event is named after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured, along with several other citizens, during the recent Tucson, Ariz., shooting. Six people were killed.

Locations, times and registration information can be found at RedCross.org/SaveALife or by contacting a local Red Cross chapter.

“This is a great way for Walgreens to give back to hundreds of communities that have welcomed us over the years,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “Every person who is CPR-trained is a potential life-saver 365 days a year. This is invaluable and important training that we’re proud to help provide in partnership with the American Red Cross and in honor of Rep. Giffords as she continues her recovery.”