This past July, children from across Long Island made a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
“Aquatics and disaster relief are integral to our Red Cross mission on Long Island,” said John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island. “The combination is a win-win situation.”
On Monday, July 13, over 100 children ages 6 to 12, swam laps at Newbridge Park Pool in the Town of Hempstead, Long Island for the annual Long Island Red Cross “Swim-Across.” Sponsors donated funds to the Long Island Red Cross based on the total number of laps completed. The event raised approximately $2500 to benefit disaster relief services in the Long Island area.
A week later, on Monday July 24, hundreds of children came out to do the same at the Pierce Country Day Camp. There, the children raised over $8,000 to support the Red Cross.
“We thank the Pierce Country Day Camp and the Town of Hempstead for once again hosting these events,” Miller said. “They are truly dedicated partners.”