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Red Cross Brings Smiles and Hope, With a Side of Warmth and Food

“Thank you so much for the blankets,” said Linda. “We also really appreciate the hot meals that have been delivered.”

Posted by Julie Daigle, Volunteer, American Red Cross

Linda Quixal Ixcaco is still recovering from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. During the storm, water rushed into her neighborhood and came up through the floor of her home. Linda and her 14-year-old daughter Daisy waded through knee-deep water to reach the front door and evacuate from their home by boat.

Eleven days later, Linda is still picking up the pieces. Bags of wet clothing sit in her kitchen and her once-carpeted floors are now bare plywood. A serviceman visits to take a look at her washing machine as Linda points out the damage to her home.

Despite the challenges in her day, a brief smile appears on Linda’s face as she accepts two Red Cross blankets to help keep her and her daughter Daisy a bit warmer on this chilly day.

“Thank you so much for the blankets,” said Linda. “We also really appreciate the hot meals that have been delivered. The food deliveries have been a huge help.”

Other residents in the same Moonachie, NJ neighborhood expressed their gratitude as well. Claudia Gil, whose car has not run since it filled with water during the flood, said it’s a godsend to have food delivered.

As community members grabbed a meal, the smiles on their faces showed that the delivery gave them one less worry for the day. Hot lunch and hope – supersized.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region:

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 419 local disasters, helping 929 families displaced by home fires; educated more than 15,000 community members about disaster preparedness; collected more than 28,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 844 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; assisted 870 military members and their families facing deployment on how to access our services anywhere in the world; and trained 143,344 individuals with lifesaving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.