The American Red Cross is mobilizing thousands of volunteers this weekend to hand out tens of thousands of bags stuffed with emergency relief supplies to families in the New York City and Long Island communities affected by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter.
To help make this possible, the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assemble these items Sunday.
“Thousands of New Yorkers are coming together to stuff 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, blankets, hygiene kits and comfort items along with useful recovery resources and tips.
All volunteers are asked to register online at www.nyredcross.org. Volunteers will report to the Red Cross at 520 W. 49th Street in Manhattan. They will be bussed to a warehouse in Jersey City. Three shifts are available: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 1- 7 p.m.; and 5 – 11 p.m. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Gloves are recommended.
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 www.redcross.org/donate, calling call 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/ny-new-york or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.