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North Brunswick, NJ, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — The American Red Cross is continuing its major efforts to hand out relief supplies while continuing to provide meals, shelter and comfort to people throughout New Jersey.
Outreach teams are on the ground working in affected communities and shelters to assist individuals and families in taking the next steps to recovery. The Red Cross is working with clients and community partners to address recovery needs as they are identified.
Throughout neighborhoods in New Jersey devastated by Sandy, Red Cross volunteers are handing out relief supplies such as cleaning, hygiene and comfort items every day. Approximately 90 percent of the 5,800 Red Cross disaster workers deployed are volunteers who have left the comfort of their home and family to help those in need. More than 2,600 workers are helping in New Jersey. With nearly 80 emergency response vehicles circulating through the state of New Jersey, volunteers also continue to provide mobile distribution of water, food and supplies to affected neighborhoods. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more information.
The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive. To date, the Red Cross has been providing assistance to those families and individuals affected in New Jersey and has:
HOW TO HELP The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet. The response is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org/charitable-donations, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps for mobile devices to support this relief response. Contributions may also be sent to local Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.