Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley joined the rest of the nation last week in officially proclaiming March as American Red Cross Month. According to local Red Cross branch manager, Debra Holle, the Red Cross began its work in Alaska in 1964 after the great earthquake, but the local chapter on the Peninsula has only been organized for two years. "It has taken time for us to build Red Cross organizations throughout the state, but in the two years we have been on the Peninsula, we have provided CPR, first aid, and disaster response training for over a thousand people. Out of those people we have only 40 shelter managers in the Borough. So we are recruiting volunteers in a big way this month." Said Holle.
In proclaiming March as Red Cross Month, Mayor Bagley commended all those who carry out the important work of the American Red Cross, and encouraged local residents to support their efforts by giving blood, donating funds, or by signing up for training to become a Red Cross volunteer. Anyone interested may contact Debra Holle at the Red Cross office at 262-4541.
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