Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Thank you, Mr. President.

In life, we are often faced with tragedies that result in some cases the loss of life and some cases situations that will shake the foundation and the very core of your being, and during those situations and during those times, you may be in a predicament where you're looking for support, you're looking for help, you're looking for a shoulder to cry on but, more importantly, you're looking for the resources to help you rebuild your life. And at this particular time, I want to honor an organization that have always been there for the people of the City of Philadelphia, but also throughout this country for those in the times of need and times of despair.

And so I want to stand with my colleagues in supporting the American Red Cross for the work that they have done, and just over this last month, having an opportunity to witness their work with the situation that came close to home with one of my close friends, and it just made me have more of appreciation for the work that they do.

Imagine being in a situation where your whole house burns down and you lose loved ones and you have no resources, don't know where to go. This is the organization that steps up to the plate. Our police officers have a part to play. Our firefighters have a part to play, but this organization also has a critical part to play in supporting individuals when they are most in need.

So the proclamation reads: Proclaiming March, 2014 as American Red Cross Month in the City of Philadelphia.

Whereas, the American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by dedicated volunteers, led by dedicated volunteers, that prevents and alleviates human suffering by harnessing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors; and

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