Teaching preparedness and rebuilding homes were only two of the ways that the American Red Cross Greater New York Region spent the weekend prior to the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
In Coney Island, the Red Cross distributed more than 350 “go bags” which contain some basic emergency supplies to people attending an event at Coney Island Gospel Assembly that also featured meals, legal help and other assistance from a range of community groups.
“We thank you for everything you have done for us; you have really been a light in our darkness,” Pastor Constance SanFilippo Hulla told Josh Lockwood, regional CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross, in recognizing the work of the Red Cross since Sandy in Coney Island.
The preparedness event with the church was preceded the day before with a rebuilding effort in Coney Island with a range of groups.
Earlier Sunday, the Red Cross was recognized for its work over the past year on Sandy in the Rockaways by the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP).
“When it comes to responding to emergencies, no one has done it better than the Red Cross,” said Hillel Adelman, a JCCRP board member.
The Red Cross provided a $239,000 grant to JCCRP to support long-term recovery services for local residents following Sandy.
“We’ll continue to work here until we are no longer needed,” Lockwood said in receiving the award on behalf of the Red Cross in Far Rockaway.
Along with events in Coney Island and Queens, the Red Cross also partnered with community groups in Staten Island, Chinatown and Long Island, providing hundreds of residents in Sandy-affected communities with preparedness training and free Go-Bags.
The Greater New York Red Cross continues to assist residents affected by Sandy every day—through direct financial assistance addressing an array of housing needs, through grants to dozens of local organizations involved in Sandy recovery and by meeting with individuals one-on-one to help chart their paths to recovery.
Overall, the Red Cross already has spent or committed more than 90 percent of the $308 million in donations it received for its Sandy response and recovery work.
Red Cross volunteers also responded to more than 20 local fires, providing emergency assistance to dozens of displaced residents from across the region. One of these fires was a tragic 2-alarm blaze that took the lives of three young boys.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.