Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross of Central New York Dot Hall, right center, cuts the ribbon at the Syracuse Fire and Rescue Training Center in Syracuse on March 2. With Hall stand Fire Chief Mark McLees, Tiffany Latino from Senator DeFrancisco’s office, and Red Cross Emergency Services volunteers. Before cutting the ribbon, Hall accepted a certificate of “congratulations and best wishes” from the CenterState Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for successfully completing the two-year $90,000 DRV Campaign.
The American Red Cross of Central New York includes Madison County, as well as 15 other counties between the Canadian and Pennsylvania borders, including St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Onondaga, Otsego, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Tioga, Broome and Delaware. Hastie said trained volunteers respond to a disaster every 26 hours across the region.
The organization’s AmeriCorps interns and college club members will be continuing the DRV tour throughout the CNY Region during the month of March. Their first appearance was at Marcellus High School during the Volunteer Fair, and future planned stops this month include Walmart, Target, Bass Pro Shops and area fire stations.
The Red Cross has many donors, and recently began thanking individuals for their efforts with its “Heroes for the American Red Cross” (HARC) online campaign, sponsored by Constellation Energy. Recently, the organization recognized 11 year-old volunteer Mackenzie Hayden, of Oswego, who had raised $500 to support the mission.
“This year’s HARC goal for CNY is $80,000 and I believe we’re already 20 percent of our way there,” Hastie said. “Again, many thanks to Mayor Wheeler and the Cazenovia Public Library for this opportunity to say ‘thank you!’”
For more information about HARC, visit american.redcross.org/goto/HARCCNY.