NO. R-70.  House concurrent resolution recognizing March as American Red Cross Month, and honoring the Vermont American Red Cross chapters and volunteers.

(H.C.R.38)

Offered by:  Representatives Kirker of Essex, Mazur of South Burlington, Morrissey of  Bennington and Schiavone of South Burlington.

Whereas, the American Red Cross is designated by the Congress of the United States in the act approved on January 5, 1905, as amended, 36 U.S.C. Sections 1-9, as the lead voluntary agency responsible for national and international relief in times of peace; and for applying the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other national calamities; and for devising and carrying on measures for preventing the same, and

Whereas, Vermont’s three American Red Cross Chapters have trained thousands in our state in essential skills such as CPR, first aid, HIV/AIDS education, and family disaster preparedness, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross has introduced a new program – “Together We Prepare” – to make every community safer in these uncertain times and the new and unsettling world of nonspecific terrorist threats and heightened military alerts through family disaster preparedness training in CPR first aid, automatic external defibrillation, and other life‑saving skills, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross collects nearly one‑half the nation’s annual  blood supply, ensuring the availability of blood for individual emergencies, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross provides an emergency communication link between members of the armed forces and their families back home, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross continues to provide these vital services to communities throughout Vermont, and

Whereas, all of these essential Red Cross services are made possible by donations of time, money, and blood, and

Whereas, for 60 years, the month of March has been designated annually as “American Red Cross Month,” now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Vermont Chapters of the American Red Cross on their excellent services provided to all Vermonters, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges all Vermonters to give generously of their time, money, and blood to their respective American Red Cross Chapters not just during Red Cross Month, but all year long, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the American Red Cross in Burlington.