Two additional Oahu Red Cross volunteers are being deployed to the east coast to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, bringing the total number of Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deployed to 14.
“Our volunteers are anxious to extend our aloha to those who are suffering so greatly in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter.
To date, the Red Cross has helped people in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy. The American Red Cross continues to increase its enormous relief operation to provide food, shelter, supplies and comfort to thousands and has large relief operations underway in New York and New Jersey, where residents felt Sandy’s biggest impact. Shelters and feeding sites are open and emergency vehicles are distributing food, water and relief supplies in these states. The response to Sandy is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.
• Over 5,000 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies.
• Over 481,000 meals and snacks have been served
• Over 12,000 people have received health services and emotional support contacts
• Over 33,000 relief items have been distributed
• 60 trailers of relief supplies such as personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and work gloves arrived over the weekend.
An additional 80,000 blankets are enroute in preparation for the cold temperatures forecasted for much of the mid-Atlantic.
• The entire Red Cross fleet of response vehicles, more than 320 in total, has been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.
“Your help is desperately needed. The people of Hawaii have always been generous during times of disasters and this response effort is huge. Please donate so that we can help those in need.” To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. People can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps to support the Red Cross relief response. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 or to the American Red Cross - Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.
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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.