March is Red Cross month

imageOn Friday, Pres. Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month. The President of the United States has signed one of these proclamations every year for 66 years, and it’s become a big part of the history of the Red Cross. Each U.S. President also holds the title of Honorary Chairman of the Red Cross, and we often get the chance to work closely with the White House—last year former First Lady Laura Bush signed and sorted cards for soldiers as a part of our Holiday Mail for Heroes program, and Pres. Bush visited our disaster operations center in Washington, DC after Hurricane Katrina.

Visit http://www.redcrosshelps.org to find out what your Red Cross is doing this month.

While volunteers and staff are always excited for the chance to meet our government officials, we want people to remember that the Red Cross isn’t a government agency. We are a part of an international movement of organizations that follow seven fundamental principles:

• Humanity

• Independence

• Neutrality

• Universality

• Voluntary Service

• Unity

• Independence

Regardless of political beliefs, religious background or anything else, the Red Cross is there for everyone. In this year’s proclamation, Pres. Obama encourages “all Americans to support this organization’s noble humanitarian mission.” When you do, you should know that you are part of a movement that exists around the world, created to help all people. To get more information on March is Red Cross Month, and how to join the Red Cross in your community, visit Redcross.org.

Lesly Simmons, American Red Cross Communication & Marketing

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