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North Brunswick, NJ, Thursday, November 22, 2012 — As people in New Jersey continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross will be providing hot Thanksgiving meals to many people in need.
“As families across America sit down to share a thanksgiving meal, it’s important to remember that many people in New Jersey and New York are still struggling,” said Charley Shimanski, head of Red Cross Disaster Services. “Red Cross volunteers will be working throughout the holiday weekend to make sure residents aren’t going hungry.”
The Red Cross, working with its disaster partner, the Southern Baptist Convention, will provide 7,500 traditional Thanksgiving meals – including turkey, mashed potatoes and apple pie. Red Cross disaster and community partners and faith-based organizations are also feeding people in need this holiday.
The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive. To date, the Red Cross in New Jersey has:
• Served nearly 4 million meals and snacks
• Made more than 26,316 health services and emotional support contacts
• Distributed more than 1,400,000 relief items
• Deployed more than 4,300 Red Cross workers to the New Jersey area.
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 http://www.redcross.org, 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, DC20013.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.