Friday, January 14, 2011

Too cold to build that snowperson?

Hot cocoa, books and coloring can only hold kids for so long. And once the cupboards are raided, zoning out in front of the television is generally most family’s next activity.  But being stuck inside with your family can be a great opportunity for everyone to take a break from their hectic lives and reconnect!
Here are some of our favorite games to play with our families when it’s too cold to go outside:
Foot volleyball
Roll the marble
Shuffle caps

Tag-team drawing
Trivial Pursuit
So turn off the t.v. and turn on the family fun this winter!  If you do decide to brave the frigid weather, click here for some of our winter safety tips.
Does your family have a favorite cold weather game? Let us know what it is!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One year down... but a long way to go

One year ago today, tragedy struck Haiti in the form of an earthquake.  More than 230,000 Haitians were killed, hundreds of thousands more were injured, their capital, government, office buildings and homes were destroyed and soon after this devastation they were hit with a hurricane, and a deadly cholera outbreak.  The Haitian people are still trying to recover, and we are doing our best to help.    
Since the earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010, the American Red Cross has raised approximately $479 million dollars for the Haiti relief and recovery efforts and we have spent or signed agreements to spend more than half of that in Haiti. 
·         30% of the money has been spent on emergency shelter and basic housing
·         26% has been spent of food and emergency services
·         15% on providing clean water and sanitation
·         13% on health and disease prevention programs
·         10% on livelihoods and host family assistant
·         6% on disaster preparedness activities. 
We’re responding to the cholera outbreak, looking towards the long-term project of building homes and evaluating how we can help contribute to the estimated $12 billion Haiti will need to rebuild.  We have signed agreements with partners to build 6,500 basic homes which will cost approximately $28 million and benefit 32,000 people, as well as committing $20 million towards the global Red Cross network’s efforts to build 30,000 homes which will benefit 150,000 people.
Because of the generosity of our donors, people in Haiti are receiving immediate relief and resources, as well as the necessary support and training to help them recover and rebuild. The Red Cross will continue to spend the money entrusted to us by the American people in the most responsible way possible to help Haiti and its people.

To make a donation to help aid us in our efforts to help Haiti recover, please visit us online.   Donations to this cause will go directly to Haiti relief efforts, and we will be in Haiti until the last donated dollar is spent. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Haiti-One Year Report

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.  Below is the Red Cross's report that shows how your support has allowed us to aid Haiti over the past year. Thank you for your support in the past, and we hope that we can count on your continued support to allow us to do our good work throughout the community and the world.   
To make a donation, please visit our Chapter online.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A glance at the past

If there is one thing that the American Red Cross has always been known for, it is helping people. 
Almost one year ago today, Haiti was virtually crippled by a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake.   But thanks to donations from across the country, the American Red Cross has been able to raise almost 479 million dollars for relief efforts, one million of which was raised right here in the WNY community.  
This tremendous outpouring of support has allowed us to provide the Haitian people with:

      ·         Emergency shelter for more than 860,000 people
·         Food for 1.3 million people for one month
·         Daily drinking water for 317,000 people
·         Latrines for 265,000 people
·         Medical treatment for nearly 217,000 patients
·         Vaccinations for nearly 1 million people
·         Cash grants and loans to help 220,000 people

We hope to be able to continue to rely on your support as we continue to respond to arising issues, such as the cholera outbreak, and the upcoming years of support to aid Haiti in its recovery. 
Click here to see the entire one-year report on the Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.
To make a donation to our continued relief efforts in Haiti and across the country, please visit us online.