'We applaud our heroes:' Greenwich declares March to be Red Cross Month

GREENWICH - March has officially been declared to be Red Cross Month in the town of Greenwich.

First Selectman Fred Camillo met with representatives of the Metro New York North Chapter of the American Red Cross on Monday outside Town Hall to display the trademark Red Cross flag.

Then, he raised the flag with the Red Cross employees and board members.

"The Red Cross has a long history of helping our neighbors in need in Greenwich," said the proclamation from Camillo.

The Metro New York North Chapter responded to nearly 200 local disasters in the past year alone, installed 368 free smoke alarms and educated more than 100 adults and children about emergency preparedness, the proclamation said.

"In our area, the Red Cross provided more than 700 services to military members, veterans and families last year and collects on average more than 6,700 units of blood from our generous blood donors," it said.

As American Red Cross Month, this is "a special time to recognize and thank our heroes - the Red Cross volunteers and donors who give of their time and resources to help community members," the proclamation said. "The American Red Cross depends on local heroes to deliver help and hope during a disaster. We applaud our heroes here in Greenwich who give of themselves to assist their neighbors when they need a helping hand."