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Red Cross Month Begins on the Santa Monica Pier

Published on February 28, 2020

March is Red Cross Month and the celebration kicks off on the Santa Monica Pier with a special Ferris wheel light show that features the symbol of the Red Cross and red and white designs.

The Red Cross Los Angeles Region celebrates its volunteer heroes during the month of March and encourages everyone to learn more about the American Red Cross by becoming a volunteer, giving blood, learning skills that can help save lives during a disaster, and donating to Red Cross. There are currently over 6,720 volunteers in the LA area.

Guests that stop by Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on the afternoon of Monday, March 2nd can learn more about the Red Cross at their pop-up tent in the Pacific Park food court. Keep an eye out for the Red Cross staff wearing red shirts. They will be set up on the Pier from 3-7PM, informing guests about the organization, handing out prizes, and offering photo ops with the Ferris wheel.

Additional buildings around LA will be lit up later in the month for Red Cross Month, including the Beverly Hills City Hall from March 4th-6th and the LAX Pylons on March 25th.

The Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the Red Cross has been a part of the community for over 100 years and is currently made up of over 1,400 volunteers. Pacific Park is a proud supporter of the American Red Cross and excited to shine a light on their efforts in Santa Monica and beyond.

The Pacific Wheel goes red at dusk and will feature a short program of red and white lights, as well as the Red Cross icon. If you can’t make it out to the Pier for this event, you can watch the light program on the Pacific Wheel on the Pacific Park live cams at

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit them on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.

About the Pacific Wheel

The Pacific Wheel has become an icon on the Southern California coastline and is regularly featured in film, TV shows, and daily newscasts in the Southland. The Park accommodates special lighting requests to celebrate holidays, special occasions, and to bring awareness to our partners and community-focused organizations. The Wheel’s 174,000 LED lights are mounted on the Ferris wheel’s structure including the 40 spokes and two hubs. The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel’s lighting system features 16.7 million color value combinations while the programming and display software presents imaging up to 24 frames per second to display dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment. The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 81 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.