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Red Cross Teams Up with Others for Memorable Mother’s Day Gift

Red Cross Teams Up with Others for Memorable Mother’s Day Gift.

Sandy Survivor Marie Clark and Red Cross Case Manager Tina Calia celebrate Clark’s return to her home after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy for more than six months. (Photo Credit: Craig Cooper)

There wasn’t anything left in my house, so this is phenomenal.

A 95-year-old mother of four, grandmother of 13, and great-grandmother of 19 received an early Mother’s Day gift on May 11, 2013 thanks to the American Red Cross. More than six months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged her home, Marie Clark was finally able to walk through her front door again. She had lived in the two-story Lindenhurst, Long Island house for 55 years.

She was evacuated the day before Sandy hit and hadn’t been inside her home until now.

The Red Cross, local businesses, community organizations and volunteers worked together to make the homecoming possible.

The Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program paid for repairs to Clark’s flooring and helped her with money to purchase appliances, including a stove, refrigerator, microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher. Red Cross workers also coordinated with a plumbing service for repairs at no cost to Clark.

“There wasn’t anything left in my house, so this is phenomenal,” Clark said. “I couldn’t believe it, I thought I was dreaming.”

Red Cross Case Manager Tina Calia worked with Clark during the recovery process and was there to share the excitement at the homecoming.

“This has been a great example of multiple agencies working together to get Ms. Clark the assistance she needed,” Calia said. “It’s a fantastic feeling to be able to see everybody who collaborated together to get her in her home.”

Other organizations involved in the reconstruction included: FEGS Health & Human Services, Long Island’s Superstorm Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, the Robin Hood Foundation and the United Way.

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