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The Times
  • Red Cross opens new Herkimer office

  • The American Red Cross celebrated the recent move of its Herkimer County office with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning.

    The Red Cross moved from its previous location at 114 N. Prospect St., where it was located for about one year after several years at 235 N. Prospect St. The Red Cross is now in the same business office as the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce.

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  • The American Red Cross celebrated the recent move of its Herkimer County office with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning.
    The Red Cross moved from its previous location at 114 N. Prospect St., where it was located for about one year after several years at 235 N. Prospect St. The Red Cross is now in the same business office as the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce.
    “We are proud of our long history in Herkimer County and we continuously look for ways to strengthen our local ties and enhance our services to residents,” said Jennifer Balog, community chapter executive of the Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter. “We chose the German Street location because of accessibility as we’re now better positioned to work with our partners such as the Chamber of Commerce, fire and police departments and various agencies in Herkimer County.”
    Just after Balog cut the ribbon Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Scarano said, “I want to welcome the Red Cross back to the county and as their neighbor, the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce wishes them luck.”
    Herkimer Area Resource Center President Kevin Crosley said the HARC is thrilled to have to the Red Cross as part of its establishment. “It’s great that the community is taking advantage of the physicality of the building the way it was intended to be used. This establishment is creating for a true business enterprise here in Herkimer,” he said.
    “I would like to join in welcoming the Red Cross back to Herkimer County again,” said Assemblyman Marc Butler, R - Newport. “For a short period of time, the Red Cross office was in the same office space as my former office and I know what a great job you do and I know you will continue to do so.”
    The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has more than 60 disaster action team volunteers who are available to respond when there is a fire, flood or another emergency in Herkimer County.
    In 2012, Red Cross DAT volunteers responded to 30 fires and other emergencies in the county providing food, clothing, lodging and other assistance to 45 people who were displaced from their homes.
    Most recently, the American Red Cross opened a shelter at Herkimer County Community College for residents who had to be evacuated from their homes in the area of Main Street in Herkimer because of the standoff with the suspect from the March 13 fatal shootings. The Red Cross also provided mental health counseling and other support for residents affected by the tragedy.
    The Red Cross will continue to teach CPR, first aid and other health and safety classes at the Herkimer Area Resource Center at 350 S. Washington St., Herkimer. Blood donors can continue to donate at the blood donation center in New Hartford or at the many blood drives that are held regularly in Herkimer. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to find blood drives in the Herkimer area and call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.
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