Red Cross volunteers and staff members celebrated Red Cross Day in Nurses Hall on March 4 with dozens of legislators and their aides offering support and thanks. The event was cosponsored by Representative Carlo Basile and Senator Michael F. Rush, chairs of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, and Representative Hank Naughton and Senator James E. Timilty, chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.
For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. This year, for the second year in a row, legislators on Beacon Hill recognized the work of the Red Cross.
Last year in the Commonwealth, volunteers responded to nearly 700 local emergencies, assisted 4,574 veterans and military families and trained more than 130,000 people in lifesaving skills like CPR and water safety.
“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in Massachusetts,” said Lily Mendez-Morgan, Red Cross of Massachusetts Chief Operating Officer. “During Red Cross Month we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”
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