Monday, July 16, 2018

In Case You Missed It- July 16


GNY Red Cross CEO Josh Lockwood with IFRC President Francesco Rocca

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 102 adults and 33 children following 36 events/responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • July 16-23: 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 and other locations. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • July 19- 21: Our Blue Sky Summer Camp is open for all Greater New York Red Cross employees, interns, and volunteers. This is an opportunity to meet your fellow team members, gain new skills, hone old ones, and have FUN! A sampling of workshops include: Blue Sky NYC Ops, Excel 101, PA 101, LFO and Cultural Sensitivity. 
  • November 4: The American Red Cross Greater New York Region is proud to Run for the Red in November at the TCS New York City Marathon. Come be a part of Team Red Cross and sign up by Thursday, September 13! Space is limited, so secure your spot today! For more information, contact Bob Estremera at NYCmarathon@redcross.org or 212-875-2091.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

After Elmhurst Fire, Queens Woman Finds Help and Resolve


By Brianna Borghi, American Red Cross in Greater New York


In late May of this year, as fire spread through her seventh-floor Elmhurst apartment, Zaydah Abdghull felt helpless watching the home she had lived in for 40 years disappear. In a matter of moments, she found herself homeless.

Abghdull, a longtime private chef, was living alone when the disaster struck. Awoken by her smoke detector at 11:30 P.M., she franticly moved through her apartment trying to determine the source of the fire.

She noticed what appeared to be a flame near the bathroom sink but when she took a closer look, she discovered the entire wall was on fire. Soon after, wearing nothing but her nightgown and slippers, Abghdull evacuated her apartment with the help of firefighters, carefully navigating around broken glass and other debris on her way out.

“I didn’t have anything, anything on me at all,” said Abghdull. “I asked myself, ‘Where I am going to go? What am I going to do?’”

By chance, Abghdull was greeted by longtime friends just inside her seven-story building, who immediately brought her back to their apartment, a few blocks down the street, to stay the night.

Two days later, someone recommended that Abgdhull visit the Red Cross for assistance since she was unable to connect with the organization when they were on scene during the fire.

“I don’t know what would have happened to me without the Red Cross,” said Abgdhull. “They were very comforting. Very comforting.”

The Red Cross helped set Abgdhull up with several nights in a hotel room and gave her a debit card with some money on it for basic necessities to help her get back on her feet.

A few days later, Abghdull returned to the Red Cross, this time to thank those who helped her and to offer her services as a volunteer.

“I have to offer something from me to the Red Cross to show them my gratitude for what they did for me. They’ve all been very, very nice. That’s why I came back here. I said, ‘I’d like to be a volunteer!’”

Abghdull continued: “Wherever it is, the Red Cross is always there. But I never realized how good they are. Extremely good. It’s way beyond beauty what they do!”

Monday, July 2, 2018

In Case You Missed It - July 2

The Greater NY Logistics Team in Long Island (Photo: Ronnie Rigos) 

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 91 adults and 31 children following 37 events/responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • July 4: Have a happy 4th of July holiday! Be sure to stay cool and stay safe this week by following these tips from the Red Cross.
  • July 5- 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 and other locations. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • July 19- 21: Our Blue Sky Summer Camp is open for all Greater New York Red Cross employees, interns, and volunteers. This is an opportunity to meet your fellow team members, gain new skills, hone old ones, and have FUN! A sampling of workshops include: Blue Sky NYC Ops, Excel 101, PA 101, LFO and Cultural Sensitivity.

Monday, June 25, 2018

In Case You Missed It- June 25

Missing Types night at Yankee Stadium 

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 206 adults and 53 children following 53 local responses/events. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (see below)

Last Week In Review
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • June 25-30: 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. There are also multiple other locations and time frames for each day. Schedule an appointment to donate.

Monday, June 18, 2018

In Case You Missed It- June 18

Guests at the 'Heroes Among Us' Gala (Photo: Lori Ann Pizarelli)


Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 162 adults and 47 children following 47 local responses/events. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (see below)

Last Week In Review



Upcoming Events and Opportunities 
  • June 18-25: 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. There are also multiple other locations and time frames for each day. Schedule an appointment to donate.
  • June 24: Red Cross Greater New York Chapter is hosting the annual Volunteer Recognition Event, Sunday, June 24th at 11:00 am at Battery Gardens (downtown Manhattan) inside Battery Park. At this event, we will recognize the contributions of our volunteers.

Monday, June 11, 2018

In Case You Missed It- June 11

Red Cross participants strategizing during the 2018 Full Scale Exercise (Photo: Lori-Ann Pizzarelli)

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 113 adults and 34 children following 47 local responses/events. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (see below)

Last Week In Review
Upcoming Events



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In Case You Missed It - June 4



Long Island Red Cross and partners at the emergency preparedness event

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 118 adults and 70 children following 42 local responses/events. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (see below)

Last Week In Review 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities 
  • June 8, 11: 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. 
  • June 10: A free home fire alarm installation event will be taking place this Sunday, June 10, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM! This service is available for Queens residents living in Woodside, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Flushing.
  • June 15: The Long Island Red Cross is hosting their Heroes Among Us Gala. The event will take place at The Carltun in East Meadow, NY from 7:00 pm to midnight, attire is black tie (optional) with a touch of red.