Josh Lockwood, Greater New York Red Cross regional CEO, met with Gregory W. Meeks, congressional representative from New York’s 6th district, on Jan. 8 to discuss American Red Cross services to Meeks’ constituents in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Meeks’ congressional district includes Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Far Rockaway, Belle Harbor and Breezy Point, Queens, some of the hardest hit communities in New York City.
Lockwood discussed on-going services to the community, including meals and case management. He also explained long-term recovery plans the Red Cross is currently developing in conjunction with its federal, state and local partners.
“Red Cross volunteers and employees from Greater New York and around the country are continuing to help Sandy affected residents in District 6 and throughout New York City,” said Lockwood. “And for the next several months, the main focus of our recovery efforts will be helping those who have trouble finding assistance on their own.”
Lockwood added that to date in Queens alone, the Red Cross has served 1,924,176 meals and snacks to residents; distributed 1,216,647 bulk cleaning supplies, clean-up kits, comfort kits, toiletries and additional materials; and contacted 11,649 people through in-person outreach to assess their needs including counseling and referrals to organizations and agencies including FEMA.