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Red Cross director thanks volunteers, donors for continued support

AMERICAN Red Cross-NMI chapter executive director John Hirsh said their mission “is still alive” in the Commonwealth because of the support of volunteers.

“We were able to accomplish our mission successfully because we have great volunteers,” he said, as he expressed appreciation to all individuals, groups and organizations that continue to assist the Red Cross.

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American Red Cross-NMI chapter executive director John Hirsh speaks at a recent Rotary Club of Saipan meeting.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Speaking at the Rotary Club of Saipan’s meeting last week, Hirsh said they continue to provide emergency assistance to calamity victims.

He said they also conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR training, and assist CNMI U.S. military families connect with  servicemembers during times of hardship.

Hirsh said all their programs and essential services have been made possible because of the selfless generosity of volunteers and donors.

The local Red Cross, which turned 40 on Oct. 8, was chartered after the formation of the Commonwealth government in 1978.

Hirsh said it was President Jimmy Carter, who was also the honorary chairman of the Red Cross, that authorized the chapter in the CNMI.

Hirsh said he arrived on island in Dec. 1986 and has worked with the Red Cross for over 30 years now.

“We need financial support,” he told the Rotarians. “We don’t get any money from the local government.” All their services in the CNMI are funded by donations from the community, he added.