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Hurricane Sandy Was Scary – Halloween is for Clowning Around

NJ - Hurricane Sandy Was Scary – Halloween is for Clowning Around 720
Isaiah’s colorful wig and bright red nose were welcomed with smiles from the residents of the Red Cross shelter in Manville.

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

Manville resident Nichole Cruz and her 2-year-old son Isaiah Booker did not let the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy dampen their spirits. Despite losing electricity, the family found a reason to clown around on Halloween. Isaiah’s colorful wig and bright red nose were welcomed with smiles from the residents of the Red Cross shelter in Manville.

The American Red Cross continues to provide safe shelter for residents. Tuesday night, more than 3,800 residents sought shelter with us in the state and we expect that number to grow, as there are widespread power outages, damaged homes and flooded neighborhoods.

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 www.redcross.org, 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.

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