PHOENIX (April 1, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has redeployed Phoenix resident Jean Currey to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy. Currey flew Friday to New York for client casework. She’s a North Valley Disaster Action Team member, having logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours since 2010. She previously was deployed for Sandy in December.
In the more than four months since Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has served 17 million meals and snacks; distributed 7 million relief items; provided 81,000 overnight stays; and offered 113,000 health services and emotional support contacts. More than 17,000 Red Cross workers – 34 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have supported the relief efforts, 90 percent of whom are volunteers.
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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.