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Greater New York Red Cross – Images of 2013

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    1/11 Brooklyn – The Red Cross responds to a 2-alarm fire in Bed Stuy. Volunteers provide relief to 10 families left homeless. (Photo: C. Kappler)
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    2/10 Manhattan – NYC High school students participate in an interactive Red Cross International Humanitarian Law simulation. (Photo: E. Marcy)
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    3/9 Brooklyn – Bacilisa Baez receives a blanket and a hot meal from the Red Cross at a Sandy relief hub. (Photo H. Emanuel)
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    3/11 Brooklyn – Volunteer James Freeman, who first joined the Red Cross after Sandy, coordinates with FDNY at a local fire. (Photo: C. Manning)
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    3/18 Far Rockaway (Queens) – After losing everything to Sandy, Patrick Quinn and his Chihuahua move into a permanent home with the help of the Red Cross. (Photo: C. Manning)
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    5/2 Bronx – Red Cross responder Stephen Johnson at the scene of a 5-alarm fire that destroyed several homes and businesses.
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    5/26 Manhattan – Hundreds write messages of support to military service members at a Red Cross table set up at the Intetrepid Museum on Memorial Day Weekend. (Photo: R. Lichtman)
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    6/13 Greenwich (Conn.) – A young participant in the Red Cross “Safety Town” program, which teaches preschoolers accident prevention. (Photo: M. LaMonica)
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    6/21 Bronx – Six-year old Summer after her first swim lesson. The class was part of a city-wide partnership between the Red Cross, New York State and the Nat’l Swimming Pool Foundation.
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    7/14 Manhattan – Fire survivor George Ford and Red Cross volunteer Farah Riazi, photographed by documentary photographer Jason Florio.
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    7/19 Babylon (LI) – The LI Red Cross supports the 2013 Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride alongside other Suffolk County agencies. (Photo: C. Cooper)
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    7/22 Manhattan – José Rodriguez and his mother meet with a Red Cross caseworker after losing their upper Manhattan home to a fire. (Photo: A. Salzberg)
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    8/15 Brentwood (LI) – Red Cross AmeriCorps volunteer Nathan Ward teaches a free emergency preparedness class to a Long Island community group. (Photo: J. O’Neil)
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    9/13 Far Rockaway (Queens) – The Watson family, whose home was destroyed by Sandy, shortly after moving into their new apartment with the help of the Red Cross. (Photo: J. Dierking)
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    10/14 Manhattan – Members of the FDNY DART team at a Red Cross heroes event during which the team’s leader, the late Mike Mondello, was recognized. (Photo: UP Studios)
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    11/13 Brooklyn – Red Cross provides Thanksgiving meals for Sandy-affected residents.
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    11/17 Long Beach (LI) – The Red Cross connects with Filipino-American Emelyn Saavedra whose family in Tacloban was impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
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    12/1 Bronx – Red Cross provides assistance and comfort for passengers, first responders and other relief workers after the Metro-North train derailment.
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    12/11 NYC – From Jan. 1 to mid Dec. of this year, the Red Cross responded to nearly 2,100 local disasters in NYC.
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    12/14 Manhattan – Red Cross helps bring smiles to children who were affected by disaster in 2013 at a Winter Wonderland celebration. (Photo: S. Zakee)
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    12/16 Sleepy Hollow (Westchester) – CEO Josh Lockwood surveys the damage to an apartment during a 24-hour response shift to raise awareness for fire safety and highlight the dedication of Red Cross volunteers. (Photo: C. Kong Lui)
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    12/27 Yonkers (Westchester) – Anabel Matute and her two-month-old son spend the night in a Red Cross shelter after a 4-alarm fire displaced them from their home. (Photo: A. Salzberg)
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.

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!