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President Bush Declares March as Red Cross Month
Date:2/28/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a tradition dating back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President George W. Bush declared March as Red Cross Month, calling it a time to "honor this charitable organization" and "reflect on its remarkable achievements and contributions to our country."

In a Proclamation signed today, the President cited examples of how the Red Cross had provided food, comfort and medical assistance to the victims of a number of disasters in 2007, from the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota to the devastating wildfires in California. He also noted how the Red Cross provides vital assistance by organizing blood drives, teaching health and safety programs, and supporting our men and women in uniform.

Throughout the month, 750 Red Cross chapters across the country will celebrate in a variety of ways, including holding special events, trainings or fundraisers to give people an opportunity to support the organization through donations of time, money or blood. The Red Cross is also launching a new national advertising campaign with the message that when you support the American Red Cross, you change a life, starting with your own. You can view the new campaign here: http://www.redcross.org/advertising. The Red Cross also holds its National Convention in March.

The Red Cross also uses March to urge all Americans to get prepared. There are three simple actions to get "Red Cross Ready" for disasters and other emergencies: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed.

"I thank President Bush for his support of the American Red Cross and for today's proclamation of March as Red Cross Month," said Mary S. Elcano, Acting President and CEO of the American Red Cross.

"We hope all Americans will consider supporting the Red Cross so that we can be there whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack, a call for blood or a call for help."
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