Just 32 minutes. That’s how long it took 50 employees from Deloitte to aid the American Red Cross by assembling 1,000 personal hygiene comfort kits on June 6 at Greater New York regional Headquarters in Manhattan.
The kits, which contain toiletries including soap, washcloths and toothpaste, will be given by Red Cross disaster responders and caseworkers to residents displaced from their homes by fires or other emergencies.
“Providing something as small as a comfort kit can make a big difference to someone who has just lost everything,” said Josh Lockwood, Greater New York Regional CEO, addressing the group at the start of the day.
Lockwood gave the group an overview of the many programs and services of the Red Cross, including programs for military members, international services, blood collection, and of course, disaster response. “After the fire department puts out the fire, the Red Cross steps in to take care of the people—people who don’t expect these terrible things to happen,” he said.
The Deloitte employees were on hand to participate in the financial services firm’s annual “IMPACT Day,” a celebration of their commitment to their communities.
“I hope you form a connection with the Red Cross and get more involved,” said Dorothy Alpert, Deloitte’s East region deputy managing principal and a Greater New York board member. During the day, Alpert worked side-by-side with her team to assemble the comfort kits. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the Red Cross,” she told them.
The Deloitte employees also received instruction in lifesaving CPR, as well as a “Be Red Cross Ready” emergency preparedness presentation from a Greater New York Health and Safety Services instructor.
Ron Dostal, a principal at Deloitte, summed up the day for many. “It was moving listening to Josh Lockwood talk about the different ways in which the Red Cross impacts human beings in a very real way,” he said. “When you think about a house fire or a gas explosion and how the Red Cross is involved with that; that was eye-opening for me. I’m honored to be part of the group today.”
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.