Red Cross Month marked with flag raising

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - On the heels of a weekend in which the organization set up shelters for local residents who lost power in last Friday's snow storm, the Red Cross was celebrated Monday in Binghamton.

Red Cross Month was marked with a flag raising outside of City Hall.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar both issued proclamations honoring the Red Cross.

Southern Tier Chapter Executive Director Colleen McCabe says people can be a hero by donating blood or volunteering.

"The power of volunteering has a fantastic impact on the community and those around you.  It's a wonderful way to give back.  If anyone is looking for a way to positively impact their community, thatis certainly one way you can do it," said McCabe.

McCabe says that last year, over 400 local volunteers responded to 67 disasters in our region, including house fires and flash flooding.

And 30 volunteers traveled to other parts of the country to assist with natural disasters.

And 18,000 units of blood were donated locally in 2017.

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