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This weekend turn your clocks back and test your smoke alarms to prevent home fire tragedies

As people turn their clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, the American Red Cross asks everyone to also test their smoke alarms. Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster and tragically take seven lives... Continue Reading →

Join Blood Collections Specialist John Minnick at The Burn Run on November 7

It’s not surprising that many Red Cross staff members and volunteers are involved in their communities. In addition to his responsibilities as a Blood Collections Specialist at the Liverpool Blood Donation Center, John Minnick serves his community as a volunteer... Continue Reading →

Halloween: Red Cross Offers Safety Steps as Pandemic Continues 

Trick-or-treating is back this Halloween; however, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means there are extra factors to consider when planning your activities. The American Red Cross offers these tips and more to help keep you and your loved ones safe.  Halloween is... Continue Reading →

Road Trip from Albany to Louisiana After Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida devastated Terrebonne Parish and the town of Montegut in Louisiana. Broken power poles and downed trees littered the countryside, and damaged homes lined the roads and bayous in the southern part of the state. Roads were damaged or... Continue Reading →

Emergency blood and platelet shortage: Red Cross supplies drop to lowest post-summer levels since 2015.

This is serious: The national American Red Cross blood inventory is the lowest it has been at this time of year since 2015. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead to overcome an emergency shortage.   Here are 3... Continue Reading →

Meet JJ Amisano

5-year-old JJ Amisano of Niskayuna, Schenectady County, was diagnosed with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at age 3. ITP is a blood disorder characterized by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood. According to the Platelet Disorder Support... Continue Reading →

Red Cross initiative aims to increase blood availability for patients with sickle cell disease

When patients living with sickle cell disease face a sickle cell crisis, blood transfusions can make a lifesaving difference. That’s why the American Red Cross has launched an initiative to grow the number of blood donors who are Black to help patients with... Continue Reading →

Reflections on 9/11: Bruce Ginsberg

My first Red Cross experience at Ground Zero, was where I saw a group of strangers become a team devoted to providing ongoing support and assistance to all who were working there - feeding, clothing and housing hundreds of them... Continue Reading →

Local Volunteers Needed for Busy Disaster Season

Many weather experts predict a destructive wildfire and hurricane season this year. The American Red Cross Eastern New York Region needs volunteers to help on the ground and blood and platelet donors to roll up a sleeve to maintain a... Continue Reading →

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