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A Day To Be Thankful

Sandy thing was constant – people have so much hope and resiliency...

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, thousands of victims of Superstorm Sandy are still displaced, their lives changed forever.

They are living in very tough conditions, many unable to return home. But they are grateful for the help the American Red Cross is able to provide through the generosity of people all across the country and around the world.

THANK YOU The Red Cross is grateful to the public for their generosity. Their donations make a difference every day as the Red Cross continues its relief efforts in response to Superstorm Sandy.

The outpouring of donations allows the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to people affected by the devastating storm. Donations helped provide millions of meals and snacks, relief supplies, shelter stays, health services and emotional support contacts.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS We also thank the thousands of Red Cross disaster volunteers who left their families and the comfort of their homes to travel to New York and New Jersey to help those in need. While many people will spend the holiday with loved ones, more than 5,000 Red Cross volunteers are away from their families and homes. They are still on the ground in the affected communities, making sure people affected by Sandy have food to eat, somewhere to stay, supplies to help keep warm and items to begin the clean-up. They have come from all 50 states to help their fellow citizens in the Empire and Garden states recover from Sandy’s destruction, giving the gift of their time.

One volunteer described her time helping as follows:

“After seeing first-hand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy, I now know what it is like to see pure heartbreak, communities destroyed, dreams shattered and hard work depleted in one night. Homes were destroyed by severe flooding, cars washed away to random locations, waterlogged furniture and other belongings piled the streets and people were left with no power and heat.

“Through all the devastation that I saw, one thing was constant – people have so much hope and resiliency. I think the most important thing that I gave was hope and reassurance that the Red Cross was there to help.”

The Red Cross will continue to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy for as long as assistance is needed.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.