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NO. R-82. JOINT RESOLUTION recognizing March as American Red Cross month, and honoring the Vermont American Red Cross chapters and volunteers.

(J.R.H. 58)

Offered by: Representatives Kirker of Essex, Mazur of South Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Pembroke of Bennington and Schiavone of Shelburne.

Whereas, the American Red Cross has been designated by Congress as the lead voluntary agency responsible for national and international relief in time of peace, and playing a similar role in mitigating the suffering caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great calamities, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross has been encouraging participation in the "Safe Families - Ready for Anything" project as a way for entire families to obtain training in CPR, first aid, HIV-AIDS education, family disaster preparedness, and other lifesaving skills, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross collects nearly one-half the nationís 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 in the United States, 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 voluntary donations of time, money, and blood by all Americans, and

Whereas, for more than 50 years, the month of March has annually been designated 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 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 throughout the year.