|A successful day for the Pillowcase Project, teaching elementary school children about disaster preparedness!|
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 155 adults and 63 children following 61 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).
Last Week in Review
- On Sunday, staff and volunteers from Red Cross NY responded to three fires starting at midnight, and then continued to the scene of a fourth alarm in the Bronx!
- We are proud of our own local Red Crossers like Greg Davison and Matthew Teter representing us out in the response to the California wildfires.
- Volunteers from Long Island Red Cross participated in laying wreaths at the Long Island National Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America. Thank you to everyone who came out to lay the 45,000 wreaths!
- In this year of record-breaking disasters, nationally the Red Cross has provided more food, relief supplies and shelter stays than the last 4 years combined. We couldn’t do it without our New York staff and volunteers who have come to help so many in need!
- Wednesday marked another successful Home Fire Preparedness Campaign at the Brentwood Public Library with PSEG! A special thank you to the Brentwood Library for helping us share our message!
- It is always nice to see our volunteers come together and celebrate the hard work they do for others. The Long Island Red Cross chapter had a blast at Tuesday's Holiday Party!
- On Monday, Eli Russ served as a New York Red Cross panelist for two sessions! It was great to hear about “Evacuating and Sheltering” as well as “Empowering People with Disabilities to Volunteer.”
- Two weeks ago, with the help of Senator Todd Kaminsky, our Red Cross team for The Pillowcase Project taught children at three elementary schools in Valley Stream, Long Island how to prepare for an emergency. To read more about this ongoing project, click here!
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
- Dec 19, 21, 22, 23: 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.
- Dec 13: Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. fire safety event will be in Brentwood on Dec 13 installing free smoke alarms from 10 am to 1 pm. To schedule a free smoke alarm installation and/or to volunteer to help make your community safer, please visit redcross.org/lifiresafety.
- Dec 17: Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. fire safety event will be in Brooklyn on Dec 2 and 17 from 10 am to 1 pm. To schedule a free smoke alarm installation and/or to volunteer to help make your community safer, please visit redcross.org/nycfiresafety.
- Dec 29: Please join us at Memories in Williston Park for the Face First show to help those in need this Holiday season!