proclaimed March 2012 as Month in Rockland County by presenting members of the American Red Cross in Greater New York – Rockland with a proclamation for their efforts in helping New Yorkers to prepare and respond to disasters.
The organization owes much of its success to the thousands of New Yorkers who give freely of their time as volunteers to help those in need. Vanderhoef read the proclamation stating, “The American Red Cross fulfills a vital role in our community –- it prevents and alleviates suffering in the face of disaster and is a true reflection of the humanitarian and volunteer spirit of the American people.”
In the Lower Hudson Valley, the American Red Cross in Greater New York assisted 254 people, 84 of them children, at 55 incidents since July. Approximately 80 families were supported at the reception center in response to the gas explosion in West Haverstraw on Martin Luther King Day. Nationally, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes have devastated the Midwest and Southeast. In response, the Red Cross has been providing relief and assistance across nearly a dozen states.
For more information or to become a volunteer of the American Red Cross in Greater New York, contact Bonnie Fletcher at 845-358-0833 or visit its website at www.redcross.org. In Rockland County, the Red Cross is based on North Broadway in Nyack.