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Red Cross Day Observed At WV Capitol

Reported: Mar. 5, 2014 1:51 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Rachel Tarr) –- Lawmakers were seeing red at the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday – red clothing and logos worn by members of the American Red Cross.

It was Red Cross Day at the state Capitol.

The American Red Cross has worked with state and local officials to meet the needs of thousands of people during the water crisis. The nonprofit organization deployed 13 emergency response vehicles in the affected areas and handed out more than half a million bottles of water.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed March Red Cross Month in the state. Red Cross volunteers and staff said they were glad to have an opportunity to put a focus on what they do.

“This is the perfect time for us to highlight what the Red Cross does in our communities every day throughout West Virginia,” Said Erica Mani, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross West Virginia Region. “We're asking people to become a part of what the Red Cross does in response to disasters."

The next big event for the Red Cross will be The Women Who Care Networking Reception on March 19. That will be a combination of Women's History Month and Red Cross Month. First lady Joanne Tomblin is expected to be a guest speaker.



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