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Thousands of Red Cross Volunteers Deliver Relief Supplies in NJ

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North Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, November 11, 2012 — This weekend, the American Red Cross had a major effort underway to hand out relief supplies while continuing to provide meals, shelter and comfort to people throughout New Jersey.

“Every day Red Cross volunteers are loading trucks and traveling to affected neighborhoods with food and supplies. Our disaster workers are carrying these relief items up multiple flights of stairs in high rises, doing whatever we can to reach more people who need help,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross.

Throughout neighborhoods in New Jersey devastated by Sandy, Red Cross volunteers are handing out thousands of bags stuffed with relief supplies such as cleaning, hygiene and comfort items over the weekend. Approximately 90 percent of the more than 5,700 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.

In addition to delivering relief supplies, the extensive Red Cross feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention continues, with kitchens and fixed feeding sites spread across New York and New Jersey. With nearly 100 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 for more information.

The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive. The Red Cross has provided assistance to those families and individuals affected in New Jersey. To date, the Red Cross has:

  • Served more than 3.2 million meals and snacks.
  • Made nearly 12,000 health services and emotional support contacts.
  • Distributed more than 310,000 relief items.
  • Deployed more than 2,600 Red Cross workers to the New Jersey area.
  • 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, 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 or join our blog at