Over the weekend, the American Red Cross began a major effort to hand out relief supplies while also providing meals, shelter and comfort to people throughout New Jersey and all five boroughs of New York. Truckloads of supplies are now arriving in devastated neighborhoods bringing help and hope to weary residents.
“Every day Red Cross volunteers are loading trucks and traveling to affected neighborhoods with food and supplies,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross. “We understand that people are living in very tough conditions and we are doing everything possible to provide help and comfort.”
Throughout neighborhoods affected by Sandy, Red Cross volunteers continue to build and hand out thousands of bags stuffed with relief supplies such as cleaning, hygiene and comfort items. Approximately 90 percent of the more than 5,700 Red Cross disaster workers deployed are volunteers who have left the comfort of their home and family to help those in need.
“To see all this effort, it really touched me,” said Red Cross volunteer Nicole Kirkland. “The Red Cross has boots on the ground and is bringing items to people who really need them because they’re going to be rebuilding for a long time.”
In addition to delivering relief supplies, the extensive Red Cross feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention continues, with kitchens and feeding sites spread across New York and New Jersey. With more than 300 emergency response vehicles circulating through the region, volunteers also continue to provide mobile distribution of water, food and supplies to affected neighborhoods. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more information.
The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive. To date, the Red Cross has helped families and individuals in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy. The Red Cross has:
The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet. The response is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years. Visit www.redcross.org to learn how you can help support these efforts.