According to the proclamation, for more than 137 years, the American Red Cross has stepped into the breach, providing shelter, food, and emotional support to victims of fire, natural disaster, war, conflict, and unexpected hardship.

At the March 15 Council meeting, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed the month of March as American Red Cross Month in Ascension Parish.

According to the proclamation, for more than 137 years, the American Red Cross has stepped into the breach, providing shelter, food, and emotional support to victims of fire, natural disaster, war, conflict, and unexpected hardship. The Red Cross is responsible for forty percent of our Nation’s blood supply, teaches life-saving techniques to volunteer citizen-rescuers, and leads the world in international humanitarian aid. The Red Cross has proudly and ardently supported our military, our veterans, and their families for more than a century, delivering over 352,000 services to members of the military and veterans each year.

The American Red Cross is a miracle-working organization, rooted in the legacy of its founder, Clara Barton, who tore down every convention at the time regarding women in battle, giving history one of the most incredible examples of courage and devotion to duty that it has ever known. Her tremendous legacy lives on through the Red Cross’s assistance to hundreds of thousands of Americans affected by disasters each year; and To perform its vital national and international roles, the Red Cross relies on volunteers and the support of the American people. The Red Cross needs our continued commitment of time, resources, and funds to be successful, and our country and the world need the Red Cross.

Ascension Parish recently celebrated its first American Red Cross Club, the Ascension Red Cross Club. A Red Cross Club provides opportunities to make a meaningful impact in the community by addressing its greatest needs and developing leadership skills. Red Cross Clubs empower people with the knowledge and life-saving skills necessary to respond to emergencies.

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