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March is American Red Cross Month

LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Thursday signed a proclamation designating March  as American Red Cross Month.

American Red Cross-NMI Chapter executive director John Hirsh said the proclamation recognizes the organization’s volunteers and donors who share their time and resources to help members of the community.

“We are nothing without  donors and volunteers,” Hirsh said. “They are really the heart and soul of everything that we do.”

He said the American Red Cross is not a first-responder organization but it works closely with first-responders “to make our island safer.”

Since it was established 137 years ago, the American Red Cross has been responding to an average of more than 62,000 disasters across the U.S. —  from small home fires to devastating massive disasters.

Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios poses with American Red Cross-NMI chapter volunteers, lawmakers, other officials and Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios poses with American Red Cross-NMI chapter volunteers, lawmakers, other officials and Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The proclamation stated that the NMI chapter has provided assistance to thousands of families in need in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu. “We provided over 116,000 meals, 130,000 relief items and assisted more than 4,800 families with financial assistance,” Hirsh said.

The NMI chapter also helps save lives through Home Fire Campaign, which was launched in October 2014, he added.

Through the assistance of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, he said the NMI chapter has installed almost 800 free smoke alarms in households on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

This month, Hirsh said they will continue their outreach by installing more free smoke alarms.

In mid-April, he said they will hold their annual fundraising walkathon.