Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin and Councilman Christopher Carini joined today with representatives from the American Red Cross to accept the donation of 7,000 masks to be distributed to Hempstead Town’s at risk population, including Senior Center residents, veteran groups and special needs residents. Supporting the effort were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tommy Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“Founded more than a century ago, the American Red Cross continues to be on the front lines during difficult times,” said Supervisor Don Clavin. “We are grateful to the Red Cross Long Island representatives, including Neela Lockel, Long Island CEO and Vito Reciniello, Long Island Disaster Program Manager, for their compassionate service in distributing masks so we can help keep our senior residents and other vulnerable residents healthy and safe when going to the store or travelling in the community,” said Supervisor Don Clavin.
The American Red Cross facilitated the distribution of COVID-19 pandemic response items. The ‘cloth’ masks are from New York State, and are being distributed by the American Red Cross in partnership with Nassau and Suffolk Counties Emergency Management Offices. Hempstead Town received a total of 7,000 masks which will be distributed to ‘at-risk’ populations. The American Red Cross on Long Island has distributed over 25,000 cloth masks throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties to date.
“We are appreciative of the American Red Cross efforts to help to deliver supplies to America’s greatest township during the pandemic, and we applaud every volunteer who dedicates their time to the betterment of others during a crisis,” added Councilman Carini. “I especially would like to commend Bellmore resident and Red Cross Member of the Nassau Disaster Action Team, John Scalesi, for his efforts to help coordinate this distribution.”
“Communities across Long Island depend on the American Red Cross for help every day, and supporting these communities is at the heart of what we do. We are so proud to stand alongside partners, like Nassau County, Suffolk County, the State of New York and countless nonprofits to help deliver supplies to vulnerable communities. The 7,000 masks we deliver today to the Town of Hempstead will help protect our senior, veterans, and other residents as they go to the store or travel in their neighborhood,” said Neela Lockel, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island.