A PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING MARCH 2009 AS AMERICAN RED CROSS MONTH
WHEREAS, for more than 90 years, the Red Cross in Fauquier County has been a place where citizens join together and the generosity and compassion of the American people finds purpose; and
WHEREAS, this has never been more evident than this past year when hurricanes pounded the East and Gulf Coasts, and a deadly tsunami struck our neighbors in Asia and Africa; and
WHEREAS, the Warrenton Branch of the Central Virginia Chapter responds to disasters in Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties each year; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross and its corps of volunteers are among the first on the scene, providing food, shelter, clothing, grief counseling and more; and
WHEREAS, during this past hurricane season alone, Red Cross chapters across the country worked together to provide shelter to more than 424,000 people, and serve 16 million meals; and
WHEREAS, nearly half of our critical blood supply is collected by the Red Cross; and
WHEREAS, last year, citizens chose the Red Cross as the place to donate the gift of life; and
WHEREAS, Fauquier citizens also turned to the Red Cross to learn lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross continues to provide support and comfort to our military families; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross has also spearheaded a campaign to immunize millions of African children against measles, a disease nearly forgotten in America, but a deadly killer in other parts of the world; now, therefore, be it
PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of March 2009, That March be, and is hereby, recognized as American Red Cross Month; and, be it
PROCLAIMED FURTHER, That all Americans are encouraged to continue to give blood, volunteer their time, and give generously to the American Red Cross and its local offices.
Holder Trumbo, Jr.