NEW YORK, March 14, 2017—The Empire State Building will be lit red and white at sunset on March 15, 2017 to honor Red Cross volunteers and their commitment to serving communities affected by disasters. The occasion marks “March is Red Cross Month” and comes during a busy time of year for the Greater NY Red Cross.
Here in Greater NY, Red Cross volunteers respond five to 25 home fires, floods, building explosions or other emergencies every day. Since the beginning of 2017, the Greater NY Red Cross has helped nearly 2000 residents following more than 500 local disasters in NYC, the Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island. Red Cross assistance includes temporary housing, food, clothing, water, blankets, relief supplies, health assistance and/or emotional support.
Across the country, Red Cross volunteers represent approximately 90% of the American Red Cross workforce. Here in Greater NY, more than 6000 volunteers help the organization carry out its humanitarian mission.
Red Cross Month was first celebrated in March of 1943 as a way to raise awareness of the work of the organization during World War II. Every March since has been proclaimed Red Cross Month to help highlight the impact of American Red Cross services and the selfless volunteers who carry out their mission.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.