In honor of all the lives it touches, March has been declared Red Cross Month in Broome County.
At a flag raising ceremony at Binghamton City Hall, Mayor Rich David and County Executive Jason Garnar each proclaimed it to be Red Cross month.
The Southern Tier Chapter is powered by more than 400 volunteers.
Last year, the organization was able to help 133 people recover after local disasters, install over 11 hundred smoke alarms and collected over 17,000 blood donations.
Executive Director Colleen McCabe says this month is about acknowledging the workers who make their mission possible.
“It’s really important for us to take that time to recognize all of the work that they do. A lot of our programs they’re not necessarily easy programs they have to serve on call overnight. Get called out to house fires in the middle of the night and they get up and they gladly do it. I really want to just take this month to be able to recognize them.”
The Red Cross will be hosting its Broome County Blood Drive sponsored by County Executive Garnar this Wednesday.
People can donate from 9 to 1 at the County Office building located at 44 Hawley Street.