The month of March has been designated as "Red Cross Month" by Presidential Proclamation to celebrate its achievements since 1905. Locally, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, joined the celebration by issuing a proclamation recognizing March as Red Cross Month.
The Congress of the United States designated the Red Cross as the lead voluntary agency responsible for national and international relief in time of peace, on January 05, 1905. "The American Red Cross brings both comfort and practical assistance to the victims of more than 65,000 disasters each year, from hurricanes and earthquakes affecting thousands of people to a house fire involving a single family.
Members of the Red Cross also work on the front lines of armed conflicts and disasters across the globe to relieve suffering and restore human dignity and self-sufficiency. At the same time, they serve alongside our men and women in uniform wherever they are deployed, relaying urgent family messages and providing a precious link with home," said Bagley in his proclamation.
On the Kenai Peninsula since May of 1999, the Red Cross has trained nearly 4,500 people in essential skills such as First Aid and CPR, water safety, and swimming skills, plus providing disaster preparedness information that may save untold numbers of lives in the future.
"I further commend the generous spirit of all those who carry out the important work of the Red Cross and I encourage all Peninsula residents to support their efforts, whether giving blood, donating funds to help disaster victims, or becoming volunteers themselves," added Bagley.
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