Three months after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, the American Red Cross continues to provide emergency aid and assistance while planning for long-term recovery needs.
Read the Typhoon Haiyan – Three-Month Update
Thanks to the generous help of our supporters, including many here in the North Jersey Region, the American Red Cross has spent or committed $28 million to the relief effort. This money is being used to purchase and distribute relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits and mosquito nets, and to provide cash grants to more than 35,600 people to address storm-related needs. The American Red Cross expects to make additional financial commitments to the typhoon response in the Philippines as we support ongoing and long-term recovery efforts.
“Witnessing the outpouring of support from communities in New Jersey to help those affected by this terrible disaster is extremely heartwarming,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “Their generosity is helping provide compassionate support to the people of the Philippines at their greatest time of need.”
Several local community groups, employee groups, schoolchildren and corporations within the North Jersey Region provided financial support to Red Cross relief efforts following the devastating typhoon.
Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Council President Rolando Lavarro reacted immediately to community members’ desire to help in the Philippines by hosting a successful fundraiser which raised $25,000 to support relief efforts.
Students throughout the region developed creative ways to raise funds. Students in the Jersey City Public School system organized “Dress Down” fundraisers allowing students to make a donation in exchange for wearing street clothes rather than their school uniform. The students presented a check for more than $18,500 to Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Jocelyn Gilman at a Jersey City Council meeting.
Dwight-Englewood High School students, sisters Evangelina and Natalie Leventis, led the charge at their school by utilizing a crowd-sourcing website to help raise $4,300.
Corporate employee groups within the region also raised money to aid those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. AT&T Director of Mobility Solution Services Jackie Jackson teamed the NY/NJ Community NETwork of AT&T together with other AT&T employee groups to solicit donations to support the relief efforts. Within two hours the employees raised more than $6,000.
Employees at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood donated $6,000 to support the relief efforts in the Philippines and the hospital matched their employees’ contribution. Church & Dwight Employee Giving also donated $25,000 to help those affected by the typhoon.
Thanks to generous donations, more than two million Filipinos have benefited from Red Cross services since the November 8, 2013 typhoon. The Red Cross is proud of and grateful to our compassionate supporters here in New Jersey, across the county and around the world.
See how the Red Cross is helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors rebuild in this 3-Month Video Update.