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On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring March 2014 as "Red Cross Month". In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the first American Red Cross fundraising efforts to respond to needs brought on by World War II. Since that time, every President, including President Obama, has designated March as "Red Cross Month." The American Red Cross was created in 1881 by Clara Barton and officially chartered by Congress in 1900 to provide national and international relief to the military and served as a means of communication between members of the Armed Forces and their families. From the beginning, people in this country have volunteered and donated funds to support the Red Cross. The American Red Cross South Texas Chapter was established in the Rio Grande Valley 95 years ago in 1917. The organization impacts and enhances tens of thousands of Valley residents every year. The Board of Directors, a paid staff of six and over 800 dedicated and trained volunteers provide disaster relief, armed forces services, education programs, health and safety, plus community programming to citizens in Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr Counties.
The services and programs are made possible by the unique partnership between those who give their time and those that give a financial gift. The South Texas Chapter will continue the proud tradition in its mission to supply relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. "Red Cross Month" is a time to remind everyone of the work of the American Red Cross communities across the country and around the globe, and how they depend on the public.
Present in support of the proclamation were Disaster Action Team Volunteers Mary Taylor and Maryann Rios. They each thanked Commissioner's Court for the approval of the proclamation and expressed how the Red Cross is readily available when assistance is needed. Commissioner Joseph Palacios also expressed his gratitude to the Red Cross, stating that while he was stationed over seas many years ago they helped him travel back to the Valley unexpectedly during a family crisis.
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court encourages the residents of Hidalgo County and South Texas to support this worthy organization.