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Red Cross chapter in Morgan-Lawrence ranked among best

The American Red Cross has recognized its Morgan-Lawrence County chapter as one of 80 best-performing chapters in the United States.

To achieve the designation, the chapter set a high score on a comprehensive set of performance criteria through its Chapter Performance Standards system. The Red Cross evaluated 805 chapters in fiscal year 2006.

The Morgan-Lawrence chapter, staffed with seven employees and more than 600 volunteers, supports Morgan and Lawrence counties by providing lifesaving health and safety training, responding to disaster incidents, including single-family fires, assisting members of the military and their families, providing disaster preparedness education, hosting lifesaving blood drives and developing youth leaders.

“This is an outstanding achievement for our chapter,” said Charles Langham, chapter chairman. “This award is the direct result of the hard work of our employees and volunteers including the members or our local board, and would not have been possible without the support of the members of our community.”

Langham accepted the award at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., last month with chapter director Susan Codding.

Last year alone, 4,568 residents of Morgan and Lawrence counties participated in 620 cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other training courses.

Volunteers and staff responded to 59 disasters including single-family fires and apartment fires. It also deployed 11 volunteers to hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

The chapter also reached out to 81 military families in need, provided community disaster education to 332,070 people and provided opportunities for 109 youths to serve their community.

Paul Huggins

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