Opinion

In a speech to his fellow representatives on March 18, Congressman Peter King acknowledged the work of American Red Cross volunteers, including those from his home district on Long Island.

The address highlighted the fact that President Barack Obama, following a tradition dating back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943, declared the month of March as Red Cross Month. King spoke of the fact that Red Cross volunteers respond to over 70,000 disasters each year.

"In responding to disasters small or large, the Red Cross has proven its incomparable worth time and again for over 127 years. Just this month in my district in New York, fire destroyed a North Massapequa home, and Nassau County's Red Cross arrived on the scene to offer assistance, '' said King. "Timely response to such daily but devastating small-scale disasters is one of the Red Cross' most important humanitarian services."

To learn more about the American Red Cross in Nassau County, visit the local chapter online at www.nassauredcross.org or call 747-3500. The Nassau Red Cross is located at 195 Willis Avenue in Mineola.


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