In the photo: Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer (left) and Suffolk County Exec Steven Bellone (right) serve thanksgiving meals from an Emergency Response Vehcile in Long Island.
Story by Eric Kiltz/American Red Cross
As we know all too well, disaster never takes a holiday; neither do the needs of those devastated by Superstorm Sandy. So while many people were home enjoying turkey and stuffing with their families, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers spent Thursday delivering more than 35,000 Thanksgiving dinners to residents across the Greater New York region.
On Long Island, several Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) spread out across storm-affected areas delivering Thanksgiving meals to hard-hit communities. Dozens of these ERVs loaded up at a kitchen site managed by the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, a site filled with the smells of baking turkey. Once loaded, the ERVs deployed on pre-planned routes on their mission to make Thanksgiving a little bit brighter for New Yorkers affected by Sandy.
For part of its trip, one ERV was joined by two local officials: Suffolk County Exec Steven Bellone and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer. They jumped on board and served turkey and mashed potato dinners to their constituents. Traveling through debris-strewn streets, the two officials warmly greeted residents and asked how their recovery efforts were going. Residents seemed delighted to see the officials giving their time to their community on such an important day.
Residents were also grateful to the Red Cross. One man expressed his immense appreciation that Red Cross ERVs had been coming down his street every day, providing food for his family and helping the community recover.