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Red Cross Helping Families Flooded During Winter Storm

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Compassionate volunteers are distributing supplies to help people clean their flood-damaged homes.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region continues to help people affected by flooding during the massive winter storm that hit New Jersey this past weekend. 

As winter weather and flooding moved into the Garden State Saturday, the Red Cross, in cooperation with its government partners, opened three shelters for families who evacuated their homes due to coastal flooding and power outages. The shelters, located in Atlantic City, Barnegat and Woodbine, provided a warm, safe place for the 59 people who stayed overnight. 

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Volunteers met one-on-one with families at the shelters to help them plan their recovery and receive help from other agencies. Services included financial assistance, depending on individual circumstances. Shelters closed Sunday as many of the families returned home.

As roads were plowed and travel conditions improved on Monday, volunteers began driving response vehicles into some of the hardest hit areas in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties, including Atlantic City, Holgate and the Wildwoods, to provide assistance as people began to clean up their flood damaged homes. Relief items including gloves, tarps, shovels, trash bags and clean-up kits containing items such as a mop, broom, disinfectant, detergent and sponges were distributed to families in need. 

“Our compassionate volunteers are out in the affected communities, distributing relief supplies to assist people as they clean up their flood damaged homes,” said Steven Sarinelli, regional disaster officer, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “The Red Cross will continue to help those in need as they begin the steps toward recovery.”

At this time, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support its response to the flooding in its communities. People interested in volunteering with future disaster responses can learn more and register online at redcross.org/volunteer

“Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross,” said Sarinelli. “We are grateful for all our dedicated volunteers from all over the state who came forward to help families when they need it most.”

HOW TO HELP All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms or countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donate by visiting redcross.org calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The extreme weather has created an emergency need for blood donations and platelet donors, as many donation centers had to be closed during the blizzard. All eligible blood and platelet donors of all types are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. See full details here about how you can help.