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Help on the Road to Recovery after Sandy

The American Red Cross is helping Eric Rasmussen and his family recover after Superstorm Sandy.

Eric Rasmussen, whose home was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, talks with Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, about his family’s road to recovery.

This is great that people care so much that they want to help.

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The American Red Cross is helping Eric Rasmussen, his wife, and their three children, on their road to recovery after their family was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

On Friday, May 31, 2013, a total of 40 employees from Guardian Life Insurance volunteered with the Red Cross, in partnership with New York Cares, to “muck out” the Rasmussen’s damaged home in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.

“This is great,” Rasmussen said. “I’ve been doing it with just family ripping stuff up, then you guys came and accomplished more today than I did the whole time since the hurricane. And they’re all volunteers; this is great that people care so much that they want to help.”

Rasmussen hopes to be back in his home in July or August.

Since the partnership between the Red Cross and New York Cares began just three months ago, almost 200 volunteers from local groups and businesses have donated their time to help people affected by Sandy.

Some volunteers have been mucking out Sandy-damaged homes in Queens and Brooklyn. Mucking out a home involves removing sand and debris; discarding damaged furniture and appliances; and tearing out soggy drywall, ceilings, insulation and flooring.

Other volunteers have supported the efforts of Congregation Beth Elohim, located at Garfield Place in Brooklyn, to prepare hot meals and sandwiches for people affected by the storm in Brooklyn and Queens.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.