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March 9, 2023 City Council Regular Meeting
6. Appearance by Maria Center, Executive Director of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, and a Proclamation Designating the Month of March as American Red Cross Month.
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Good Government

The American Red Cross of Southeast Georgia was established on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1917 and has been serving the community for over 100 years. The office provides Red Cross services in 18 counties: Appling, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Tattnall, Toombs and Wayne counties. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides onsite and follow up assistance helping clients with a place to stay, food, emotional support, comfort items, and clean up kits.


The American Red Cross also provides communication between those in the Armed Forces and their families. The American Red Cross helps military families send emergency messages and also brief families facing deployment on how to access our services anywhere in the world. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds carry on the work of the organization and constitute 97 percent of the total workforce, serving as members of the Board, instructors teaching lifesaving skills, disaster action team members, office administrators, event organizers and more.


Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross has:

Responded to 290 disasters, mostly home fires

Helped 416 families with food, shelter and hope

Collected 17,701 units of blood

Trained 7,393 people in lifesaving skills

Provided 6,068 casework services to members of the military, their families, and veterans

Enabled 1405 youth and adults to be better prepared and made safer

Supported 300 volunteers who worked 16,521



Van R. Johnson II, Mayor
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