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Finding the Silver Lining in the Clouds

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As the winds howled outside, the roof of their home was ripped off.

Red Cross Shelter at Manville VFW – Manville, New Jersey Photo: Julie Daigle/American Red Cross

Maria Saenz and her 12-year-old daughter Eileen Rodriguez experienced Hurricane Sandy’s powerful winds. As the winds howled outside, the roof of their home was ripped off and the family evacuated to the Red Cross shelter in Manville.

Maria and her daughter relaxed on their cots and were grateful that they have some place safe to stay right now. Despite the worry of not knowing where they will live while their home is being repaired, Maria still found a reason to smile.

Hurricane Sandy has been devastating for our region. Homes have been destroyed and lives have been lost. Our thoughts are with our neighbors who have lost so much, including many of our dedicated disaster workers.

PLEASE HELP: If you are not one of the many affected by this storm and you can, please help by making a donation by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region:

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 419 local disasters, helping 929 families displaced by home fires; educated more than 15,000 community members about disaster preparedness; collected more than 28,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 844 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; assisted 870 military members and their families facing deployment on how to access our services anywhere in the world; and trained 143,344 individuals with lifesaving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.