“Without the Red Cross we'd have been out in the street," said Luis Rivera, three days after losing everything to the East Harlem building explosion. Luis and his wife, Marisol, were among those who turned to the Red Cross when they needed it most.
It has been an intense seven days for the Greater New York Red Cross. Since the East Harlem explosion on March 12, 2014, the Red Cross sheltered, fed and provided vital relief services to hundreds of disaster survivors, both adults and children, as well as to first responders. The relief effort will continue for as long as needed.
Our incredible volunteers, employees and community partners are all “Everyday Heroes” who have demonstrated a tireless dedication to help those affected by this tragedy. During this time, we’ve seen the community at its best, pulling together to help our neighbors in need.
The photo documentary above takes you behind the scenes of this relief effort.
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
The Red Cross would like to thank everyone for their support during this response. Their compassion has made an enormous difference in the lives of all those affected by this tragedy.