(By Senators Palumbo, Unger, Kessler (Mr. President), Stollings, Yost, D. Hall, Jenkins, Laird, Snyder, Plymale, Green Prezioso, McCabe, Williams and Fitzsimmons)

Designating the month of March as "American Red Cross Month".
   Whereas, Founded in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1905, the American Red Cross acts in times of need in this country and around the world; and
   Whereas, The American Red Cross is one of the most recognized humanitarian organizations and provides compassionate care to those who suffer disasters; and
   Whereas, American Red Cross volunteers have provided food, clothing, shelter and mental health support to victims of disasters in recent years; and
   Whereas, Nearly 44,000 people in West Virginia were trained in 2011 by the American Red Cross in CPR, first aid, lifeguard techniques, water safety and HIV/AIDS education; and
   Whereas, Recruitment of West Virginians by the American Red Cross is continuous in seeking blood donations and blood products for critical medical treatments in our state; and
   Whereas, The generosity of contributions of time and money by the American people help the American Red Cross restore vital services to families in times of need; therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates the month of March as "American Red Cross Month"; and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby recognizes the American Red Cross for its contributions to this state, the United States and the world; and, be it
   Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of the American Red Cross.