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AOL Employees Roll Up Sleeves to Support the Red Cross

AOL Employees Roll Up Sleeves to Support the Red Cross
The partnership with the Red Cross has been a big part of the program’s success.

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More than 100 AOL employees from the company’s New York office rolled up their sleeves, May 16, to support a variety of American Red Cross activities. These initiatives were part of AOL’s Monster Help Day, an annual community service program that engaged more than 2,000 staff in service projects, in 21 cities across the world.

“Since its start, the momentum we’ve built from Monster Help Day has been tremendous,” said Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL. “The partnership with the Red Cross has been a big part of the program’s success.”

Throughout the day, the Red Cross organized a variety of activities for AOL employees each representing a different line of service.

“They have been a perfect match for us in terms of what our employees are interested in doing and what the community needs,” said Armstrong.

That interest included the opportunity for 23 employees to travel to Sandy-affected communities to help remove debris and clean-up homes severely damaged by the storm, through the Red Cross and New York Cares.

“I saw my own community affected by Sandy,” said Andrea Christie. “So having the opportunity to dedicate my day to help others affected by the storm was really important to me.”

Christie spent Monster Help Day in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, at AOL’s headquarters in Manhattan, staff thanked service members and veterans by writing thank you cards and making yellow ribbons. The cards and ribbons will be distributed by Red Cross volunteers at military and veteran hospitals. Scott Shapiro, an associate account manager at AOL, was one of dozens of employees who took the time to participate.

“A military cadet from my college recently passed away,” Shapiro said. “That is why I felt compelled to do this.”

Additionally, more than 50 employees donated blood to the Red Cross.

“It’s an easy way to give back and it can make such a difference,” said Joe Van Brussel, a writer for the Huffington Post and a repeat blood donor.

Josh Lockwood, CEO for the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, was on hand to acknowledge the work of the AOL staff.

“I can’t thank Tim Armstrong and AOL enough for their enthusiasm and dedication, not only toward our mission but the work of so many great nonprofits,” Lockwood said. “We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.”

Additional charities served during Monster Help Day in New York included New York Coalition to End Hunger, Concrete Safaris, and Henry Street Settlement.

To learn more about the work of the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.