Monday, July 10, 2017

In Case You Missed In - July 10

Greater NY Red Crossers met with Mayor of Mount Vernon, Honorable Richard Thomas, to discuss the Sound the Alarm program, as part of an effort to advance the Home Fire Campaign in the fall.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 122 adults and 49 children following 46 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
  •  Metro NY North Red Cross volunteers had a busy Sunday. Volunteers provided emotional support and emergency financial assistance and housing to a family of three in Mt. Vernon, two families of four adults and four children in Newburgh, and two families in Yonkers, all displaced by home fires.
  • Greater NY and Metro NY North volunteers worked together to install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education to seniors at a mobile park in Cold Spring, as part of the Home Fire Campaign.
  • On Friday, the Greater NY Red Cross posted a video featuring a man who lost his home of 30+ years to a massive apartment fire last April and was helped by the Red Cross. He insisted on saying thank you to those who helped him get back on his feet.
  • On Thursday, PSEG LI partnered with the LI Red Cross to install LED bulbs in homes that participate in the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which provides free smoke alarms and fire safety education to families.
  • Greater NY Red Crossers, including Regional Director John Waldman, met with the Honorable Richard Thomas, Mayor of Mount Vernon, about the Sound the Alarm program. This fall, between September 23 and October 15, the American Red Cross will join with community leaders to Sound the Alarm and advance the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has installed over 50,000 free smoke alarms in vulnerable communities across New York City.
  • On Thursday, Long Island Weekly published an article highlighting the work of the Long Island Red Cross and its Centennial Celebration, as well as their effort to recruit 100 new volunteers to commemorate the past 100 years of service to the community.
  •  On Wednesday, with Red Cross chapters facing a blood emergency, donors of all blood types were urged to donate blood or platelets to help save lives.
  • Following a 3-alarm fatal fire, the Greater NY Red Cross provided emergency relief to 6 families in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • July 10-12, 14 & 17: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • July 15: The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is coming to Harlem to help make the community safer one home at a time. Volunteer to help out, or sign up to get a free smoke alarm installed in your home
  • July 22: Have you ever dreamed of enduring physical hardship to benefit the Red Cross? If so, please consider joining Team Red Cross Tough Mudders, who will compete in Long Island on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Register here, or cheer on the team as a spectator. Please contact our team lead Travis Tam with any thoughts, questions or suggestions.
  • Aug 22-27: Do you like to volunteer? Do you like golf? If so, have we got an opportunity for you! Sign up today to volunteer at THE NORTHERN TRUST at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY. For $75, you gain daily access to the tournament for you and a guest, a logoed polo shirt and baseball cap, and much more. Plus, your efforts will support the mission of the American Red Cross. Learn more here.

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