Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited an American Red Cross bulk distribution site late Sunday afternoon in the village of Herkimer and praised Red Cross volunteers for their “extraordinary” work in the aftermath of the flooding that left hundreds of families homeless throughout Herkimer, Oneida, Madison and Montgomery counties.
Cuomo spent a few minutes chatting with Red Cross volunteers who were working at a bulk distribution site in the parking lot at Kmart, 200 S. Washington St., Herkimer. The volunteers were assisting residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the floods by distributing water, sport drinks and cleaning supplies, and providing physical and mental health services and emotional support.
Cuomo told the volunteers that in times of crisis, he knows he can count on the American Red Cross.
“The Red Cross always makes people feel better and puts smiles on their faces,” Cuomo said.
Earlier Sunday, Cuomo deployed the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center to Herkimer County to help homeowners and businesses affected by the recent heavy rains and devastating flood damage in the Mohawk Valley.
Sunday was the third day that the Red Cross had opened bulk distribution sites throughout the affected counties. In addition to the site in Herkimer, the Red Cross also opened a site Sunday in the city of Oneida in Madison County.
“We’re thrilled that Gov. Cuomo took time out of his busy schedule to visit with our volunteers and praise the wonderful work that they’re doing for our region,” said Rosie Taravella, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “We will continue to work with the Governor’s office and all of our government and non-profit partners to ensure that the residents in the affected areas get the services they need to start their recovery.”
Through Saturday night, the American Red Cross had provided 315 overnight shelter stays, nearly 20,000 meals and snacks, and more than 2,100 clean-up kits and comfort kids to residents affected by the floods.
The American Red Cross on Sunday continued mobile feeding in Oneida and Herkimer counties, and it will provide mobile feeding and mobile distribution of clean-up supplies in the city of Oneida Monday.
Also on Sunday, the Red Cross closed its shelter at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley at 701 Seneca St., Oneida. Other Red Cross shelters that were opened last week have been closed. The Red Cross has shelters on standby if more flooding creates the need for additional shelters.
How To Help
As a non-profit organization, the American Red Cross relies on the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of donors to continue its lifesaving work. To make a donation to the local Red Cross to help the flood victims, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, call your local chapter, or send a check to your local chapter.