In 2022, the American Red Cross responded to crises of all kinds, from a blood shortage at the beginning of the year to Hurricane Ian and thousands of smaller disasters. We have been and will continue to be there for people facing their darkest hours thanks to your efforts.

It’s hard to underestimate the power of hope that the Red Cross brings to our community. 

Hope can be seen in the eyes of a father of three young boys fighting cancer who received lifesaving transfusions and gets to celebrate another Christmas with his family. Every two minutes someone needs blood, and we have collected more than 100,000 units of blood at drives throughout our region with the potential to save up to 300,000 lives.  Thanks to those who rolled up their sleeves to donate and our dedicated support team who ensured lifesaving blood would be on the shelves for people in need.

Bill celebrates Christmas with his family after receiving lifesaving blood transfusions thanks to generous donors!

Hope can be felt in the way we carry our founder Clara Barton’s vision from more than 100 years ago forward to support our brave men and women in the military, their families, and our veterans. With Operation Holiday Cheer, we sent more than 500 comfort kits to our deployed military overseas serving in Poland. Our Service to the Armed Forces volunteers worked with more than 2,400 military families in 2022.

Volunteers from around the region gathered to build comfort kits to send holiday cheer to our deployed troops.

Hope and healing are brought to those who have lost everything in the 700+ disasters we responded to in our region throughout the year. From house fires to large events like the Ulster County Ice Storm, we provided clients with warm meals, a place to stay and comfort in the fact that they are not alone.  

Our disaster volunteers are ready to respond 24/7 to emergencies throughout our region

We brought hope to our neighbors in the south and west, sending more than 80+ members of our team to help people put together their lives after massive devastation from historic storms and wildfires. For many, the Red Cross offered a safe haven and a beacon of light when it was needed most. 

The American Red Cross is working tirelessly to help people facing the heartbreaking devastation left behind by Hurricane Ian

Our deployed volunteers in Florida supporting residents who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ian.

And we prepared communities to be Red Cross Ready for when disasters strike through free community programs like Sound the Alarm where we installed more than 2,500 smoke alarms.  Our team also trained over 42,000 people in critical lifesaving skills like CPR and AED giving hope and help to individuals when seconds count.

Volunteer teams across the region along with our community partners made Sound the Alarm a huge success

With more than 2,000 Red Cross volunteers strong, and our amazing community of partners and generous donors, we ensure the mission of the Red Cross brings hope and healing 24/7 to the Eastern New York region and beyond.

There is hope in the world and it is demonstrated in the incredible mission we delivered together in 2022.