March is American Red Cross Month. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross at their meeting on March 22, 2011. Since 1943, March has been proclaimed American Red Cross Month by the President of the United States to remind us of the vital role the American Red Cross plays in relief operations throughout the world and locally.
The Southern Shore Chapter oversees Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties and provides shelter, food and clothing for people displaced due to fire, natural disasters and environmental catastrophes. Also, the Southern Shore Chapter offers a variety of training programs to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and continues to be a vital link for members of the Armed Forces and their families during a crisis.
Additionally, the American Red Cross helped the federal government form the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and serves as its principal supplier of mass care in federally declared disasters in addition to joining more than 175 other national societies in bringing aid to victims throughout the world.
Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. said, “We can’t thank the Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross enough for the service they provide aiding victims in the wake of disaster both here in Cape May County and abroad.”