Three Northern New York mayors – one from each of the main cities and villages in each of the three counties – have agreed to proclaim March as Red Cross Month. Mayor Jeff Graham of the City of Watertown (Jefferson County), Mayor Steven Yurgartis of the Village of Potsdam (St. Lawrence County), and Mayor Donna Smith of the Village of Lowville (Lewis County) said they are honored to be a part of the Red Cross mission in March.
In addition to proclaiming March as Red Cross Month, Mayor Graham will fly the Red Cross flag for the entire day on March 3 in Watertown, and Mayor Smith will proudly display the Red Cross flag for the remainder of the month in Lowville.
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 71 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; and trains more than seven million people annually in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.