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Young Swimmers Raise Funds for the LI Red Cross

Young Swimmers Raise Funds for the LI Red Cross.
"Aquatics is a huge part of our mission, as is disaster relief."

At the end of 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 is a huge part of our mission, as is disaster relief,” said John Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island. “The combination is a win-win situation.”

On Monday, July 21, hundreds of children came out to the Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

“We thank the Pierce Country Day Camp for once again hosting this event,” Miller said. “They are truly a dedicated supporter.”

Thank you to the Pierce Family—Camp Owner Doug Pierce and Long Island board member Courtney Pierce; their staff, and all the campers who participated in the event.

Three days later, on Thursday July 24, over 150 children dove into Newbridge Park Pool in Bellmore, Long Island, for the annual Long Island Red Cross “Swim-A-Across.” The children, ages 6 to 12, swam laps around the pool. Sponsors donated funds to the Long Island Red Cross based on the total number of laps completed. The event raised approximately $4,600 to benefit disaster relief services in the Long Island area.

The winning team came from Forest City in Wantagh, Long Island.To learn more about the American Red Cross on Long Island, visit

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 or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.