The public can go to http://www.redcross.org to find out how they can support the Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nation's blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross is a volunteer-driven organization, not a government agency and depends on charitable contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission.
The full text of the President's proclamation:
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
In 1881, Clara Barton established the American Red Cross, and for years afterward, she led that organization in its noble cause to provide healing, comfort, and hope to those in need. Today, her legacy lives on through the millions of individuals who have answered the timeless call to serve others. During American Red Cross Month, we honor this charitable organization, and we reflect on its remarkable achievements and contributions to our country.
The American Red Cross exemplifies the good heart of this Nation by leading humanitarian efforts at home and around the world. This past year the American Red Cross provided food, comfort, and medical assistance to the victims of the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota, the devastating wildfires in California, and the tornadoes that affected several Southern States. From the mountains of Peru to the lowlands of Bangladesh, the American Red Cross and its partners helped to provide relief abroad to those affected by natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
The American Red Cross also helps provide vital assistance by
organizing blood drives, teaching health and safety programs, and providing
lifesaving supplies. By compassionately supporting our men and women in
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