This past March, as it is every year, was Red Cross Month,a time to remind everyone of the work the Red Cross does in local communities and around the globe. Beginning with President Roosevelt in 1943, presidential proclamations have been issued every year to honor the American Red Cross.
To further recognize the work of the Red Cross, many cities in the Los Angeles region recognized the American Red Cross by issuing proclamations. These proclamations, including the one issued from the LA County Supervisors on March 11th, acknowledged and thanked our heroes who volunteer, donate blood, take life-saving courses or provide financial donations to support an organization whose mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
The work the Red Cross does could not be accomplished without the support of numerous volunteers, including our community ambassadors – an established group of community centric volunteers - many of whom work tirelessly in the area where they live to represent the mission of the American Red Cross.
Two of those community ambassadors who have been instrumental in getting their cities to honor and recognize the Red Cross with a proclamation are Lucy Liou from Temple City, California and Manhattan Beach resident, George Butts.
Lucy Liou, stated since Temple City is 90% residential, she and her neighbors need to become self-reliant and personally responsible for their own safety and well-being. She continues
to reach out to the youth, seniors, and businesses in her community.
George Butts, the community ambassador from Manhattan Beach, has been actively involved with the Red Cross for over six years, having implemented an all-volunteer, non-profit emergency response training program for his community. To date, 350 Manhattan Beach residents been trained, including all five members of the city council. Through his efforts, George was able to get Manhattan Beach to issue a proclamation acknowledging the Red Cross. To paraphrase a Chinese Proverb which he embraces, “If you want happiness for a day go fishing. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
Cities that have issued proclamations of recognition include:
We extend our appreciation to all our community ambassadors who were instrumental in working with their cities to achieve official recognition of the work the Red Cross does during Red Cross Month, and every month of providing services to all of their communities in the Los Angeles Region, from the Antelope Valley to Long Beach.