Commissioners Court proclaims American Red Cross Month

Published 10:20 am Saturday, April 2, 2016

By Dawn Burleigh


The Orange County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation scheduled for March and delayed twice, on Wednesday during the court’s weekly meeting.

The proclamation to honor and recognize American Red Cross during March was postponed due to the flooding affecting several Texas counties, including Orange County.

The Proclamation reads:

Every March during American Red Cross Month we take time to recognize and thank our Everyday Heroes – those who reach out to help people in need.

American Red Cross heroes help disaster victims recover. They brighten the day of an injured service member. They step forward to help someone having a heart attack.

We would like to remember our heroes here in Orange County who help people in need. They work tirelessly to assist their neighbors when they need a helping hand.

Across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross responded to disasters. When an injured service member ended up in a hospital far from home, the American Red Cross offered comfort. When a lifeguard jumped in to save a drowning child or someone stepped up to help a heart attack victim, the American Red Cross was there.

We dedicate the month of March to all those who support the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Our community depends on the American Red Cross, which relies on donations of time and funding to fulfill its humanitarian mission.

Red Cross Board Members Larry David and Ida Schossaw accepted the decree.

David said the Red Cross has declared the flooding disaster as a Category Four disaster.

The American Red Cross responds to over 65,000 disasters yearly according to the official website. Of the workers responding to disaster relief, 95-percebnt are volunteers.

After a flood strikes, American Red Cross workers focus on feeding and the distribution of comfort kits, clean up kits and other relief supplies needed for the survivors of the disaster.