The American Red Cross is mobilizing thousands of volunteers this weekend to hand out tens of thousands of bags containing emergency relief supplies to families in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties, affected by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter.
“Thousands of New Yorkers are coming together to load bags of relief supplies and then go block-to-block in some of the hardest hit communities,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater New York Region. “By engaging community volunteers who want to help their neighbors, the Red Cross will expand the reach of our 2,500 workers already providing food, shelter and comfort.”
Each bag will contain things like trash bags, batteries, flashlights, gloves, blankets, hygiene kits and comfort items. Items for infants like formula and diapers and cleaning supplies will also be available. Volunteers will hand out information packets with useful recovery resources and tips.
Throughout the Veteran’s Day Weekend, volunteers will be visiting heavily impacted neighborhoods throughout the region. In addition to mobile teams, people can receive meals and relief kits at fixed distribution sites.
Monday, food and relief items will be available at:
This massive assembly and distribution effort is in addition to the Red Cross feeding and sheltering operations set up across the region. The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.
More than 5,700 disaster workers and hundreds of Red Cross vehicles have been mobilized to help. People have lost their homes or suffered devastating damage. Many are still without power. Organizations including the Red Cross have provided more than 127,000 shelter stays. In addition to the millions of meals served, the Red Cross has handed out more than 272,000 relief items already and provided more than 40,300 health services and emotional support contacts.
The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive and growing by the day. Besides volunteering, if someone would like to help, they can make a financial donation by visiting redcross.org/charitable-donations or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS (all one word) to 90999 to make a $10 donation
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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.