In honor of both American Red Cross month and the partnership between the Mamaroneck High School (MHS) Red Cross Club and the Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) during Tropical Storm Irene, the Red Cross flag was raised at the Mamaroneck Town Center today. The flag will remain there through March 31.
Acknowledging the symbiotic partnership between the MHS club and CERT during Irene, Eli Russ, club president, said, “Without CERT, we wouldn’t have been able to do the job we were there to do.” The Red Cross Club currently has 25 active members.
Both CERT and 13 members of the MHS club set up in the MHS gym during Tropical Storm Irene. The Red Cross Club also organized a in partnership with Furniture Sharehouse last October to benefit families unable to return to their flood-damaged homes. The Club has also supported overseas soldiers by writing Christmas and Valentine’s Day cards and organized local blood drives, among other things.
“It’s been a really good experiment and project for the town. It’s really great to see young people doing it,” said Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson, about the local affiliate of the American Red Cross.
“They are the best of what Mamaroneck brings,” said MHS Principal Elizabeth Clain, adding that Russ and other club members had worked around the clock at during Irene.