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Letter: Red Cross volunteers do exceptional work

Red Cross volunteers do exceptional work

The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter is honoring its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29.

Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, our volunteers helped 586 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They installed 1,758 free smoke alarms in homes that needed them, trained 24,689 people in lifesaving skills, assisted 449 military members, veterans and their families, and assisted at blood drives resulting in 38,567 blood donations.

I invite the public to join us and become a Red Cross volunteer. Go to to learn more about the many ways people can help and how to submit a volunteer application.

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign offers one way to volunteer and help reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths in the area. Volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety.

I am grateful to the 712 Red Cross volunteers who worked 39,237 hours in Western New York, helping us fulfill our mission of alleviating human suffering during emergencies.

Chuck Marra

Executive Director

American Red Cross

Western New York Chapter

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