|Our Red Cross volunteers woke up bright and early on Wednesday to storm the Today Plaza and raise awareness for Red Cross Giving Day!|
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 174 adults and 67 children following 51 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).
Last Week in Review
- As we closed out Red Cross Month this past weekend, we also took a moment to acknowledge that March is also Woman’s History Month and Social Work Month. One of our volunteers, Dottie Brier (who you might recognize from her cameo in the movie Sully), perfectly embodies all three causes!
- Saturday afternoon, the Metro NY North Red Cross, working alongside Yonkers OEM, assisted four families after a fire in Yonkers.
- On Thursday, former GNY volunteer Christophe Lobry-Boulanger came back for a visit from his international assignment with the IFRC’s European Migration Response to share his story with other volunteers.
- Our 2018 Red Cross Giving Day took place on Wednesday and thanks to all of your support and donations the Red Cross was able to raise enough to help 28,678 families.
- Red Cross volunteers stormed the Today Show Plaza early morning on Wednesday to get the word out about Giving Day. They even got to meet Al Roker!
- One World Trade Center also joined us in the celebrations, donning our red and white colors Wednesday night in support of Giving Day!
- Long Island Red Cross Board Members took some time to thank and recognize recently deployed volunteers at the Museum of American Armor.
- This week, Vivian Moy, made the Woman’s Roll of Honor in North Hempstead and Hector Pereira was recipient of the Daily News Humanitarian Award for his relief work in Puerto Rico. Congratulations Vivian and Hector!
- As our efforts to end home fires and “Sound the Alarm” continue, volunteers set out in Somers, New York to help install free smoke alarms and educate families on fire safety.
- On Tuesday, councilman Ritchie Torres also joined our efforts to team up, sound the alarm, and save a life.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
- April 2, 3, 6, 9: 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.
- April 28, May 6, 12: Major “Sound the Alarm” fire safety smoke alarm installation events are coming to the Bronx on April 28 and in Brooklyn on May 6 and 12 and we need your help to install free smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods and to educate families on preparing for fires. Sign up by calling 877-733-2767 or by visiting www.soundthealarm.org/nyc.
- April 27: Prior to the Red and White Ball, we will be holding a panel discussion with hero honorees Taylor Winston and Shiva Ghaed who were both in attendance at the tragic Las Vegas mass shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on October 1st. Both have been instrumental in the rescue and recovery of the concertgoers as they put their lives back together after the traumatic event. Stay tuned for more details.
- April 28: Click here for more information about the 2018 Red & White Ball: A Salute to Service and Valor.
- May 1: The Red Cross is holding a panel discussion between experts in humanitarian and global affairs about the many “silent” disasters that occur and the humanitarian implications of their lack of visibility. RSVP for the free panel here.