American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteers participated in the annual Marine Corps Family Day event Sept. 8. The event hosted more than 700 active duty and reserve Marines and their family members for a fun family day at the Castle Fun Center in Chester, New York.
SAF employees and volunteers from Greater New York, Mid-Hudson Valley and Northeastern New York came out to support the event, which was organized by Shelly Aiken, USMC Family Readiness Officer. The purpose of the event was to prepare service members and their families to cope with ongoing deployments and to help strengthen community bonds.
Red Cross volunteers provided information on SAF emergency services, which include emergency communications to keep families connected; social services, including access to financial assistance, counseling and family support; family preparedness information; and Red Cross volunteer opportunities.
“This was a very informal, fun day filled with Marines of all ages and their families,” said Red Cross volunteer Connie Morinello, who helped at the Red Cross table. “Many families came by, stopped to chat, and took home important information about how the Red Cross can help our service members.”
The Red Cross thanks the SAF volunteers who helped at this event: Connie Morinello and Carol Ward from Greater New York; Megan Rutkowski from Mid-Hudson Valley; and Jeff Looman, Diane Bristol, Alan Hodges and Nicaya Rios from Northeastern New York.
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