For more than 70 years March is Red Cross Month has been a time to recognize the mission of the American Red Cross and those who make its work possible. Many chapters across the country are celebrating this month in big and unique ways to honor history and recent action.
One special tribute comes from New York City. On Wednesday night, the Empire State Building was lit red and white in honor of March is Red Cross Month. While Cleveland’s Terminal Tower also lit up red this month, this is the first time in a decade that the iconic New York City landmark recognized Red Cross heroes. The lighting paid special homage to Red Cross supporters from across the country who answered the call for support during New York's time of need, in particular during Superstorm Sandy.
Superstorm Sandy brought unprecedented devastation and heartbreak to the Greater New York region. In the days, weeks and months following landfall, residents from across the country came forward to help New York residents at their most desperate time. This included more than 17,000 trained Red Cross workers (mostly volunteers) as well as tens of thousands of generous donors and other supporters. Wednesday night’s lighting recognized these Red Cross heroes and thanked them for their heartfelt compassion.
This special tribute with the Empire State Building also helped recognize individuals from across the country, including generous blood and financial donors, dedicated volunteers and vital partners. The Red Cross is grateful for the everyday heroes who make a difference in communities across the United States, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.