Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Proud to Be"

You're going to be seeing a lot of the American Red Cross around Western New York soon!  At a reception last night here at our beautiful Clement Mansion headquarters, our friends from the Blood Services Region kicked off their "Proud to Be" campaign, designed to raise awareness of the unique contributions the Red Cross makes in this community. The campaign will run throughout 2012 and highlights 35 Erie and Niagara County residents who work with and support the American Red Cross.

"It's a very good time to remember those who have been there through the good and the bad, and for the past 100 years, the American Red Cross has remained a steadfast member of the Western New York community," said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO, American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region.

Western New Yorkers residents joined representatives from the Blood Services Region and this Chapter here last night to enjoy uniquely Buffalo foods (the beef-on-weck and home-baked desserts were especially delicious!) while several "Proud to Be" campaign participants spoke about their experiences with the Red Cross.  We also got a sneak-peak at the "I am Buffalo, I am the Red Cross" materials you'll be seeing on billboards, at bus stations, and in the media throughout the coming months.  The pictures and testimonials are an amazing testament to the long-standing commitment of the Red Cross in Western New York, and we're excited to see that message spread that message throughout the area.

This campaign focuses on our Blood Services Region, but we're "Proud to Be" Western New Yorkers here at the Chapter as well, and we look forward to working together as One Red Cross to continue providing life-saving services to this incredible community!

Monday, January 23, 2012

It's Deja Vu All Over Again

That famous line from baseball great Yogi Berra may make you chuckle, but what's happening in Alabama right now is no laughing matter. 

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For the second time in less than a year, the Red Cross is setting up relief operations after multiple tornadoes touched down across several states overnight.  Much of the damage is being reported in areas of Alabama that were devastated by deadly tornadoes just last spring.

As always, Western New Yorkers stepped up to help during the massive spring storms in 2011, but now those in one of the hardest hit areas are dealing with the devastation again.  In fact, because of this weekend's storms, officials had to reschedule a Monday meeting to receive a report on the response to the storms last spring.

It has to be hard for residents who were just starting to piece things together to have them ripped apart by yet another tornado.  When the Red Cross says we are helping "turn heartbreak into hope," this is what we're talking about.  A warm meal or a place to spend the night may be the most important thing to some Alabama residents right now, and you can help provide that with a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  We appreciate your support, but not as much as your neighbors in need will!