AUGUSTA — President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring March as “Red Cross Month,” a celebration of the role the American Red Cross plays in local neighborhoods across the United States.
Founded by Clara Barton in 1881 after being inspired by the humanitarian concepts of the Swiss-based international Red Cross movement, the American Red Cross today reaches virtually all segments of society.
“The Red Cross wants to thank our volunteers, donors and partners for their constant support,” said David Thompson, regional executive director. “While Red Cross month is dedicated to honoring those who help us fulfill our mission of humanitarian relief, we thank them for their commitment throughout the entire year.”
Red Cross Month is a time set aside to recognize those who volunteer their time in the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. Local Red Cross chapters will focus on safety and accident prevention and mitigation, disaster relief, service to the Armed Forces and International Social Services. Red Cross Blood Services is a local blood supplier with the advantage of nationwide reach and experience, fully committed to serving the blood needs of the community.
The American Red Cross will also celebrate State House Day on Wednesday, March 3, when the Red Cross chapters and blood services will come together to celebrate their volunteers at the State House. Gov. John Baldacci will sign a proclamation honoring March as Red Cross Month.