Monday, December 22, 2014

In Case You Missed It - Dec 22, 2014

Red Cross responds to a 5-Alarm fire in Ozone Park (Queens).

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 184 adults and 56 children following 55 local disasters. Here are some highlights of responses and activities from the last week.

Last Week in Review

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Case You Missed It - Dec 15

Residents of North Amityville motel provided with Red Cross blankets and services after they evacuated from a fire.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 119 adults and 34 children following 61 local disasters.


  • Tonight, the Red Cross will partner with the NY Islanders in support of our mission. You can still purchase discounted tickets to the final Red Cross Charity Night at Nassau Coliseum. Blood Drive on December 20th from 9am to 3pm at the Nassau Coliseum where all presenting donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to an Islanders home game during the 2014-15 regular season and a chance to win autographed Islanders memorabilia and more! Walk-ins are welcome, or to schedule an appointment to donate call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Reference sponsor code ISLANDERS.
  • This Friday, Youth Services/Red Cross Clubs will be holding their annual fundraising movie night. This year’s screening will be the holiday classic “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen. Showtime starts at 5pm at the GNY Chapter 520 W 49th Street. Popcorn and drinks will be sold. RSVP via email at

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In Case You Missed It - Dec. 8

Three young NY girls pose for a photo at our annual Winter Wonderland holiday event. 
Last week, the New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 91 adults and 28 children from across the Greater NY Region following 43 disasters.



  • Winter Wonderland, our annual event for children affected by local disasters disasters, took place last Saturday in Times Square’s Hard Rock CafĂ©!
  • Last weekend, Greenwich Hospital and Jefferson Valley Mall hosted Holiday Mail for Heroes card-writing events.
  • On Friday, during our Staff meeting, the Greater NY Red Cross Client Services Team was recognized for their tireless efforts providing services to residents affected by disasters every day.
  • Young volunteers from Red Cross Youth Clubs learned about disaster preparedness during their Zombie Apocalypse party held on Dec. 5. 
  • Early last week, we shared the video of Carmen Allende, who in late November turned to the Red Cross after a fire destroyed her Bronx home. 
  • Right after #GivingTuesday, we said THANK YOU to all those donors and volunteers who constantly support our cause.
  • During #GivingTuesday, the Red Cross and Bitly partnered to launch Hopely, a new tool to promote Red Cross services and encourage online donations.
The Jefferson Valley Mall Holiday Mail for Heroes card-writing event. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Case You Missed It- Dec. 2

During the past week, the American Red Cross at Greater NY responded to 52 disasters and emergencies, helped 104 adults, 41 children, and distributed 14 Comfort Kits.


Monday, November 24, 2014

In Case You Missed It - Nov. 24

Long-time mass care volunteer Jessica Powers was the first of three Red Crossers from our region to deploy to the Buffalo area following last week's record-breaking snowfall.
During the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross has responded to 46 emergencies and provided aid to 102 adults and 40 children. Here are some highlights from the last week:


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Red Cross Joins Sandy Recovery Partners in Queens Canvassing Outreach

Queens Coalition volunteers prepare to canvass the 
Hamilton Beach community following a briefing at 
the headquarters of the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer 
Fire & Ambulance Corps.
Last weekend, the Queens Recovery Coalition--a group of local organizations, community leaders and recovery workers volunteering to support communities after Superstorm Sandy--canvassed homes in Hamilton Beach, Queens. Throughout the two-day period, individuals representing several Sandy recovery organizations went door-to-door to inform residents about Sandy recovery assistance still available more than two years after the storm. The American Red Cross has been part of the Coalition since its inception and had volunteers take part in the canvassing.

As a result of these efforts, more than 400 homes were visited during the two-day outreach and more than 250 new families registered with a disaster case manager. The canvassing also enabled the Coalition to collect data on recovery efforts to date and to identify existing unmet needs. 

Recovery partners also involved in the Queens Recovery Coalition and the recent canvassing include, Catholic Charities, United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Salvation Army, CAMBA, After Hours Project, Mental Health Association of New York, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica. The outreach was also promoted to the community through the offices of  local elected officials, the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association (and its president Roger Gendron), and Queens Community Board #10. On-site support was provided to the volunteers by the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Corps.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Red Cross Hosts Ivy Connect Event Featuring Nicholas Kristof

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the Greater NY Red Cross Young Professionals Council partnered with Ivy Connect, a national social networking group for young professionals, to host an inspiring evening featuring world-renowned humanitarians (and writers) Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. During the event, more than 200 guests, comprised of Ivy Connect members and Red Cross supporters, gathered in our Hell’s Kitchen Headquarters to hear the Pulitzer Prize-winners speak about “Art & Science of Giving.” This conversation offered Kristoff and WuDunn’s unique perspective on overcoming inequality by becoming more effective global citizens. They referenced their new book, A Path Appears, Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, which outlines ways to capitalize on our skills, time and money to make a more powerful impact on communities in need.

To learn more about the Young Professionals Council, a dynamic new group of Red Cross supporters, and how you can join, click here.

More pictures from the event can be seen here