Two days after the tragic building explosion and fire 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 may vary between families, Red Cross has been providing temporary lodging, emergency funds for basic necessities, food, clothing and help with medical needs. Also present are trained our mental-health volunteers to ensure emotional and spiritual support to a community coping with this tragedy. So far, more than 120 residents have registered with the Red Cross.
Red Cross has also been a continuous line of support for firefighters and other emergency workers working tirelessly at the scene, distributing meals, snacks, water and other relief items.
We are committed to supporting this relief effort for as long as needed.