Cities Honor Red Cross LA For Its Service To Communities
Los Angeles, March 7 2018 — It’s Red Cross Month and cities, business and organizations around the region are coming out to help commemorate the work of the Red Cross and celebrate the volunteers and donors who give so much to provide comfort and care to those who are in need.
This past year, with the number of unprecedented disasters, Red Cross Los Angeles Region volunteers and staff have responded four major hurricanes that deployed over 500 volunteers from LA to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. LA volunteers also responded to the wildfires in Northern California as well as the more recent wildfires and mudslides here in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Cities throughout the county have recognized these efforts and have made presentations at city council meetings to proclaim March as Red Cross Month in support of the Red Cross mission. Councilmember Gil Cedillo led the effort for the City of Los Angeles and called for XX.
“We are proud of the work that the Red Cross has done in preparing out communities for disaster and for their response in times of need,” said Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo. “Red Cross Month is a chance for all of us to recognize the contribution and commitment of the thousands of Los Angels volunteers who are always at the ready.”
Other cities include Temple City, El Monte, Monrovia, Altadena, Huntington Park, Cerritos, Covina, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Torrance and Beverly Hills that went as far as lighting up their city hall for the remainder of the month.
As part of the commemorative month, the Red Cross also promotes its annual Giving Day on March 28, a day that brings communities together to help families who have been impacted by a home fire or other disaster. Through gifts made on Giving Day, Red Cross is able to provide urgently needed Red Cross services to help families get back on their feet. Again, Red Cross has come out to celebrate by going red for the day. The pylons that provide entry at LAX Airport will be lit red in honor of Red Cross Month and Giving Day as will the world famous and iconic Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.
“Red Cross relies on the generous giving of the public to ensure that life-saving services continue and that the Red Cross will always be able to respond,” said Andrea Davis, Chair, Red Cross LA Regional Board of Directors. “Giving Day is about providing for our communities and helping them be more resilient in the face of disasters, large or small.”