Representatives from the 22 American Red Cross chapters in New York State visited Albany on January 28 to meet with state legislators during Red Cross Day at the Capital. The annual event provides an opportunity for chapters to update their elected State officials on services provided to their communities, while also urging legislators to support continued funding for the Red Cross.
State funding assists chapters with their daily operations, including responding to an average of 12 local disasters a day across New York State, promoting the importance of emergency preparedness, recruiting and training volunteers, and ensuring that the state has an adequate blood supply.
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/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.