The American Red Cross is working closely with the New York Attorney General to help people impacted by Sandy. We welcome his interest and we look forward to reading this report. The Red Cross and the Attorney General share the goal of informing the public that money has been spent on Sandy relief in accordance with our donors' intent.
The Red Cross is spending all donations that are specifically designated for Sandy for those impacted by the storm.
The Red Cross has received $304 million for our Sandy emergency relief and recovery. As of June 11th, we had already spent or committed $225 million of that money, nearly three quarters of the funds.
We’re spending money every day to help survivors affected by this major storm. In addition to our ongoing help for people through casework, the Red Cross also has provided grants over the past few weeks to a number of New York organizations that are helping Sandy survivors, including $2.9 million to New York Disaster Interfaith Services, $1.25 million to Brooklyn Community Foundation, and $722,000 to Friends of Rockaway. Millions more will be given out through grants in coming weeks.
Over the past eight months, the Red Cross has received more than $192 million in donations that were designated by donors for Sandy and we have applied those donations to our Sandy response. In addition, we allocated to our Sandy response $112 million that came into our general disaster relief account for a full month after Sandy because the needs were so great. The general disaster relief account supports the ongoing disaster relief work of the Red Cross throughout the U.S., which responds to approximately 70,000 disasters each year.
The needs from Hurricane Sandy are still great, and the Red Cross continues to help with those needs thanks to the generosity of our donors. We believe that we are spending those donations carefully and wisely – and in line with the intent of our donors.