FULTON, Ill. — Fulton aldermen agreed Tuesday that the the Gateway Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has played an important role in the community throughout the years.
Alderman Barb Mask remembered Fulton’s big flood in 1965, saying the community relied heavily on the help of the Red Cross. During the meeting, the council formally proclaimed March as American Red Cross month.
The American Red Cross has been helping people for more than 130 years. Throughout the last year, the organization launched hundreds of disaster relief operations in the country.
“In the Gateway Area, the Red Cross works tirelessly through more than 150 volunteers to support us when disaster strikes, when somebody needs life-saving blood or the comfort of a helping hand,” stated the proclamation, authorized by Fulton Mayor Larry Russell. “It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families and provides training in CPR, aquatics safety and first aid.”
Local Red Cross volunteers Judy Holesinger and Cheryl Smith attended the council meeting. Holesinger thanked the council for the cooperation and support the city has given the Red Cross.