Mayor's Corner 5/11/2017

Dear Friends:DOgden

For as long as I can remember, there has been one name that immediately comes to mind whenever disaster strikes.  What organization is always there when people are in greatest need?  You know as well as I do.  It’s the Red Cross!

The American Red Cross was chartered in 1881, and our local Central and Southern Utah Red Cross Chapter has been around nearly as long.  In fact, on May 23rd, it will celebrate 100 years of service to the people of our area.  It continues its mission to help the residents of Utah prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and emergencies.

In honor of their great and tireless work, I am declaring the week of May 21st through May 27th as Red Cross Week in the City of Richfield.

Does the Red Cross only deal with major earthquakes and hurricanes?  No!  In just the past year, the local Chapter responded to 53 emergencies and helped 273 individuals, along with assisting numerous people affected by disasters elsewhere in the United States and overseas.

They provided life-saving training to military personnel and taught nearly 7,000 Utah residents skills such as First Aid and CPR.  Through their organization almost 114,000 blood donors provided blood to more than 30 local hospitals.  Their mission is noble, and their work provides tangible results.

Please join me in celebrating the work of the Red Cross and support this great organization in a variety of ways.  Attend their trainings.  Give generously.  Donate blood when you have the opportunity.  By doing these simple things, we can insure that the Central and Southern Utah Red Cross Chapter will be around for another 100 years!

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

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