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This Thanksgiving, the Greater NY Red Cross is addressing holiday needs in Sandy-affected communities with special support, in the form of Thanksgiving meals, for hundreds of local residents.
“The Red Cross is committed to helping families affected by Sandy,” Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross, said. “With so many people still struggling, providing extra assistance around the holidays can really make a difference.”
The Red Cross is helping through funding for community organizations serving Thanksgiving dinners—assisting with the cost of turkeys, stuffing and other holiday fixings. Additionally, dozens of Red Cross volunteers have stepped up to help distribute the food. Red Cross case workers have also connected Sandy-affected residents to other resources for meals.
Last weekend, hundreds of frozen turkeys were distributed at Coney Island Gospel Assembly church.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with the Red Cross,” said Connie Hulla, pastor, Coney Island Gospel Assembly. “Even over a year later, Sandy continues to take its toll on households. The generous contribution from the Red Cross means many more members of our community can celebrate Thanksgiving with dignity.”
On Tuesday of this week, The Eger Foundation on Staten Island provided hot meals at a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.
“The American Red Cross surprised Eger with a gift that will be shared with 360 staff members and families who were affected by Sandy in 2012,” said Vienna Profeta, senior vice president for development, The Eger Foundation. “We thank the American Red Cross for giving Eger a blessed Thanksgiving.”
On Thanksgiving Day, the Red Cross is partnering with Project Hospitality on Staten Island as well as with Saint Mary Star of the Sea and with Saint Gertrude Parish in Far Rockaway, Queens, to help feed members of the community.
"Through the generosity of the American Red Cross, we will be able to feed hundreds of our brothers and sisters who have been affected by Sandy,” the Rev. Fulgencio Gutierrez said. "Thanks to the Red Cross for extending a helping hand."
As part of a grant it received from the Red Cross earlier this year, the Jewish Community Council on the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) was able to provide more than one hundred turkey vouchers to families still recovering from Sandy.
“Without the Red Cross help we wouldn’t be able to provide these turkeys,” Nathan Krasnovsky, JCCRP executive director, said.
Hopefully, these Thanksgiving meals will help restore some normalcy to the lives of residents who have been so deeply impacted by Sandy.