FREEHOLD, NJ – To help raise awareness about the good work by the American Red Cross and the organization’s need for continued support, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a proclamation recognizing March as American Red Cross Month.

The proclamation was presented during the March 28 freeholder meeting to Tim Settles, Regional Director of Disaster Services, and Chris Dempsey, Disaster Readiness & Response Specialist.

“Your team is out there helping people whenever there is a disaster, tragedy or major storm, and we thank you for your work and commitment,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “Volunteerism is the foundation of this county and this great country, and nowhere is that more apparent than with the American Red Cross.”

The American Red Cross was created in 1881 by Clara Barton and officially chartered by Congress in 1900 to provide national and international relief during disasters, and to give relief to the military and serve as a means of communication between members of the Armed Forces and their families.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the first Red Cross Month in support of 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 Jersey Coast Chapter was founded in 1917 along with several other chapters but during World War II, all Monmouth County chapters were united into one and headquartered in Shrewsbury.

The American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter is a humanitarian organization with hundreds of volunteers who provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross has enhanced the quality of life for our citizens through Armed Forces support, blood collections, and providing lifesaving courses in first aid, CPR, water safety, lifeguard training, babysitting, pet first aid and the Lifeline program.