|Representative Daniel M. Donovan came out to help us install free smoke alarms for residents in Staten Island.|
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 265 adults and 87 children following 52 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).
Last Week in Review
- This past Saturday, the Staten Island Advance (and NY1) covered our efforts to “Sound the Alarm” and help end home fires. Volunteers installed free smoke alarms across Staten Island with some help from Rep. Daniel M. Donovan and the Red Cross in Greater New York’s interim CEO Rosie Taravella.
- As our quest to end home fires continues, we are proud to partner with both NY City Council Member Mathieu Eugene and Westchester County Executive George Latimer who have joined our mission to sound the alarm and help save lives.
- Also this Saturday: the Red Cross’ Logistics and Mass Care teams got together for a functional exercise where they simulated disaster response operations.
- On top of that, this weekend our volunteers assisted the 106th Rescue Wing Yellow Ribbon Event where they helped make care packages for members of the National Guard.
- Earlier in the week we posted a blog story about our volunteers, such as Vivian Moy, who have traveled to New England to help bolster relief efforts of the Massachusetts Red Cross.
- A special congratulation is in order to our very own Red Cross volunteer Judy Goss who earned the title of Volunteer Square’s March Volunteer of the Month.
- As Red Cross Month comes to an end this week, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to celebrate all of our amazing volunteers, including rock star volunteer Iona Opris.
- Among those taking part in our Red Cross Month celebrations is Sullivan County Legislature Luis Alvarez who presented a legislative proclamation recognizing March as Red Cross Month to our Community Relations Volunteer Ambassador Bette Popovich and Senior Disaster Program Manager John Cascone.
- Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined in on the Red Cross Month festivities, as well, by giving thanks and recognition to some of our volunteers.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
- March 26, 27, 30, 31: 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.
- March 28: Red Cross Giving Day is this Wednesday and volunteers are being organized to attend “storm the Today Show Plaza” to help cheer on and spread the message of the Red Cross.
- March 29: If you couldn’t get tickets to see Harry Style’s sold-out tour, you’re in luck. If you donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief before March 29th, you enter for a chance to see Harry Styles on tour in New York.