When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in late October, the storm knocked out power for millions of people and flooded homes, leaving people searching for a way to feed themselves and their families.
The American Red Cross, working with long-standing partners such as the Southern Baptist Convention, set up kitchens across New Jersey and New York to help address this need. Thousands of hot meals were prepared and given out each day, helping those whose lives were turned upside down by disaster.
Red Cross workers also loaded many of these meals into emergency response vehicles, driving into hard-hit neighborhoods to provide families food as well as a welcome break from the long, difficult process of storm cleanup.
“The food deliveries have been a huge help,” said Linda Quixal Ixcaco, a resident of Moonachie, N.J., whose home was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. When a Red Cross vehicle came to her neighborhood, Ixcaco was able to pick up hot meals and blankets for her and her daughter.
You can help stock Red Cross feeding trucks and shelter kitchens and make sure no child or family goes hungry when disaster strikes by giving the gift of hot meals.
For more gift ideas this holiday season, visit the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog.
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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.