Almost 50 days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, American Red Cross volunteers remain on the ground in New York City and on Long Island providing real help to residents affected by the storm in the form of meals, relief supplies and other personalized assistance.
“We are committed to helping individuals, families and communities recover from this tragic storm,” said Josh Lockwood, Greater New York Red Cross regional CEO.
Red Cross relief workers continue to deliver food and relief supplies to neighborhoods in need across Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.
Meanwhile, Red Cross casework, health and mental-health specialists are still providing additional resources for affected residents.
In Greater New York, as of Dec. 16, the Red Cross has served more than 4.5 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 4.8 million relief supplies since the storm made landfall. Relief supplies have included clean-up kits, flashlights, batteries, diapers, hygiene supplies, and blankets.
No one organization can respond to a disaster of this magnitude alone. The Red Cross has partnered with hundreds of community and faith-based groups throughout affected areas to identify communities in need and to deliver services.
The Red Cross is now also working with government and community partners as part of a comprehensive response to help Sandy survivors recover. Red Cross officials have met with federal, state and local leaders to coordinate efforts and identify unmet needs