Thank you. At the American Red Cross in Greater New York, we often hear this phrase from area residents after they suffered a devastating disaster, like a home fire, and have received comfort and care from the Red Cross. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to extend our deepest gratitude to the incredible people who deliver this help to so many: our volunteers, staff and supporters.
Five to 25 times a day, from Montauk to Manhattan to Monticello, in blinding blizzards or sweltering summer heat, the Red Cross helps our neighbors recover from some of the most emotionally trying moments imaginable. Our team, 90% of which is volunteer based, answers these calls for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, often in the middle of the night. And at times, our mission takes them away from their families to places as far-reaching as Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Les Cayes, Haiti and Orlando, Florida, to help other communities when they need it most.
Life-long Harlem resident Emmanuel Veras, summed it up best after following a fire in his 141th St. apartment last month: “All your possessions, everything you worked so hard for, it was up in smoke. It was terrifying. But then I saw the Red Cross and it made a difficult situation smooth. When the Red Cross came, it gave me some comfort, some stability and I appreciate that a lot.”
Wishing all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Josh Lockwood, American Red Cross in Greater NY, CEO
Neela Lockel, American Red Cross on Long Island, CEO
Mary Young, American Red Cross in Metro New York North, CEO