As we look back at 2013, our thoughts go out to our neighbors across New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut whose lives were impacted by disasters large and small. Many lost their homes, possessions, livelihoods … even loved ones. And months after Superstorm Sandy, countless New Yorkers continued to recover from the storm.
Every minute of every single day, we, the American Red Cross in Greater New York, are out in the community, working hand-in-hand with local partners to help those affected by an average of eight disasters a day, mainly devastating home and apartment fires.
Over the past 12 months, the Greater New York Red Cross responded to more than 2,300 fires and other emergencies, helping nearly 13,000 people affected by these incidents, many of them children. At each disaster we are there providing shelter, food and emotional support to those in need. We are also working one-on-one with Sandy survivors, standing alongside thousands of New Yorkers in their varying paths to recovery … and we’re providing lifesaving preparedness training and classes to tens of thousands of people in our area.
Our work touches lives far beyond our region: We are reconnecting family members separated by war and natural disaster overseas … we are offering a helping hand to military service members coping with loss … we are hosting blood drives to harness the remarkable, lifesaving generosity of our neighbors.
As we reflect on 2013, we thank our compassionate and tireless volunteers, hardworking employees, generous donors and dedicated partners who have helped us to ensure that disaster survivors and our neighbors in need did not have to face recovery alone.
In 2014 let us all resolve to continue our efforts to work together to build a stronger, more resilient community; one that is prepared for whatever may come.
Thank you all—and best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year!