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March declared American Red Cross month in Hagerstown

March 01, 2011

March is officially American Red Cross month in the City of Hagerstown.

As is done each year, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II declared Tuesday that March will be American Red Cross month in recognition of the organization that serves and prepares citizens for and in times of disaster.

"We honor the role of the Red Cross' contribution in making Hagerstown and Washington County a better place," the mayor read from the proclamation.

Bruchey presented the proclamation to Julie Barr-Strasburg, executive director of the Washington County chapter.

For 90 years, "we have relied on the Red Cross for disaster relief," Bruchey read.

The chapter makes every effort to save lives long before tragedy strikes by helping individuals and entire communities prepare for disasters, he read.

"We don't get to hear all the good stories," Bruchey said after reading the proclamation. However, he said he knew someone displaced by fire, and the Red Cross was quickly on the scene taking care of the family, he said.

"They could not talk more highly of the Red Cross," he said. "That's a huge feather in your cap."

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