The American Red Cross is still on the ground in New York and New Jersey, helping people affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Thanks to the generosity of the American public, the Red Cross has been able to serve more than 6.4 million meals and snacks, distribute 3.6 million relief items and provide thousands of shelter stays. The Red Cross has also provided more than 75,000 health services and emotional support contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions.
“We thank everyone for their support, which has enabled us to sustain this massive response,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “Their donations are making a difference in the lives of people affected by Sandy. Our work isn’t done yet; the Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks providing help and comfort.”
In partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross is handing out meals at fixed sites and on mobile routes throughout the affected neighborhoods.
More than 5,000 Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to hand out food and relief supplies in more than 300 Red Cross vehicles as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. Over the weekend in New York, the Red Cross mobilized a large effort and handed out more than 1.4 million items to people in need. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more information.
Some people are still unable to return to their homes. About 750 people spent Sunday night in ten shelters. Since Sandy hit, organizations have provided more than 148,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 76,000 of those stays.
The Red Cross is looking ahead to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and will be working with various organizations and community groups to get Thanksgiving meals to people in the areas affected by Sandy. This will include distributing food before the holiday, supporting faith-based and community Thanksgiving meal programs, and serving Thanksgiving meals from Red Cross kitchens on Thanksgiving.