Four days after Thursday’s tragic building explosion in the East Village, the American Red Cross continues to offer support. Early this morning, the NYC Resident Service Center at the Tomkins Square Branch Library (331 E. 10th Street) reopened for affected residents. There, households have been meeting with local agencies and community groups including the Red Cross. At the Center, our caseworkers have been working with families one-on-one to determine their emergency needs and provide relief.
Although these needs vary from resident to resident, Red Cross has been providing temporary lodging, emergency funds for basic necessities, food, clothing and help with medical needs. Also present are our trained mental-health volunteers to ensure emotional and spiritual support to a community coping with this tragedy. Since the explosion, more than 120 residents have registered with the Red Cross. Meanwhile, our volunteers have also been distributing clean-up kits and comfort items to residents who have been able to return home for the first time in several since the explosion.
Red Cross has also been a continuous line of support for firefighters and other emergency workers working tirelessly at the scene, providing them with meals, snacks, water and other relief items.
The Red Cross will continue to work day and night to support this community in the days to come.