Fourth graders at North Albany Academy donated $550 last week to ongoing American Red Cross relief efforts in Oklahoma. American Red Cross of Northeastern New York CEO Gary Striar visited the class and their teachers on Friday, along with Mona Golub, Vice President of Public Relations and Consumer Services at Price Chopper, and WNYT-TV reporter Subrina Dhammi. Price Chopper and WNYT are ARCNENY’s fundraising partners who spearhead the local “Your Help Counts” campaign to raise funds for large-scale disasters. Price Chopper matched the students’ donation to the Oklahoma relief fund.
One of the students in the class, Amari Barnes, was so affected by seeing TV reports of the tornado’s devastation in areas around Oklahoma City that she asked her classmates to consider donating money they had raised for a trip to Mystic Seaport. The class teachers, Jennifer Elliott and Liz Keller, organized a vote, and the students decided to give half the funds to the Red Cross.
“These students exemplify everything giving is about, especially concern for others and self-sacrifice,” said Striar after his visit. “The parents of these students and the entire community should be extremely proud of Amari and her classmates for their work in raising the money, and for their decision to use the funds to support others in need. I know how important class trips are after a year of studying and hard work, and the people of Oklahoma will deeply appreciate the support.”
Striar also used the visit as an opportunity to talk with the students about the importance of disaster preparedness, as severe weather has also affected the Capital Region this spring.
A month after the deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma, the American Red Cross continues to provide help and comfort with food, relief supplies, health services and emotional support, and will be there for people in these communities in the months ahead. Over the past month, more than 1,800 Red Cross workers have been part of the response, and nearly 770 workers are assigned there now.
The work of the Red Cross in the Midwest has included: