It has been about 5 months since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. The American Red Cross was there before the so-called “Superstorm” hit, and is still there helping today. Hundreds of Red Cross workers are still on the ground supporting survivors through our relief and longer-term recovery efforts. Volunteers are providing food, water, relief supplies, health services and emotional support in some areas of New York. The Red Cross is also helping to fund several community food banks in New York to help provide meals to people in the hardest hit areas. In both New York and New Jersey, trained Red Cross workers are helping provide people assistance with home repairs, rent, and utility deposits while connecting them with social service programs.
The need along the East Coast has been great, and the generous people of West Michigan were quick to take action. More than 300 volunteers from our area gave time and deployed to help people affected by the storm. Some of our volunteers even returned for a second and third deployment. Many others in West Michigan graciously opened their pocketbooks, resulting in more than $3 million in Hurricane Sandy relief.
The work being done on the East Coast through the American Red Cross wouldn’t be possible without the gifts from supporters worldwide, including those in West Michigan. We would like to sincerely thank the following organizations for their generosity in response to Hurricane Sandy:
We are sincerely grateful for all of the local businesses, individuals, and families who gave so willingly to help others in a time of crisis and dire need.
The work of the American Red Cross is never finished, as new disasters happen every 8 minutes in the United States. To contribute to the Red Cross mission, visit redcross.org/donate.