For almost a month after the tragic explosion and building collapse in East Harlem on March 12, the American Red Cross has assisted those affected in countless ways.
“Red Cross volunteers and employees have worked long hours and days on end to help residents affected by this tragic explosion,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross. “We are grateful to have been able to help so many who have had their lives turned upside down by this disaster with food, shelter, emotional support and more.”
Between March 12 and March 23:
Throughout this response, the Red Cross collaborated with its city, community and other nonprofit partners. During the second week of the response the Red Cross entered a new phase of partnership, collaborating with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Safe Horizon, Union Settlement and LSA Family Health Service, to help the community and residents in their recovery. The Red Cross transitioned casework to long-term recovery partners and continues to offer mental health assistance and support to the community. Additionally, in April, the Red Cross provided move-in assistance kits containing non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and more to the families who returned to their homes.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.