CSEA donates $5,000 to the Red Cross

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The Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy will continue for as long as we are needed.

CSEA has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross (ARC) for its disaster relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

Gary Striar CEO of ARCNENY was presented the check on behalf of CSEA by Stephen Madarasz, CSEA Director of Communications, who also serves on the ARCNENY Board of Directors.

"Crises really bring out the best in people and it's clear that New Yorkers are stepping up to the challenge of responding to Superstorm Sandy," said Danny Donohue, president of the nearly 300,000 member CSEA - New York's leading union.

"Like dedicated Red Cross volunteers, many CSEA members are on the front lines responding to the disaster with focus and professionalism," Donohue said. "They need our continued respect and support. Many more of our members are among the millions of people who have been personally affected by the storm and urgently need help."

"The Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy will continue for as long as we are needed," said Gary Striar, ARCNENY CEO. "We are grateful for the continued support of these efforts from CSEA - it's donations like this that really get to the heart and mission of our organization, which is to help people during disasters."

The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.

  • Red Cross workers are getting food and supplies to the people who need it in New Jersey and all New York boroughs. There are more than 300 Red Cross feeding trucks mobilized as well as rental cars, trucks to distribute supplies and food in neighborhoods.
  • Since the relief operation began, the ARC has served more than one million meals and snacks, and provided more than 50,000 overnight stays.
  • More than 5,700 Red Cross workers from all 50 states are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. About 90 percent of these workers are volunteers.
  • Last night, about 5,300 people affected by Sandy stayed in more than 70 shelters.

    To find a Red Cross shelter, download the Red Cross Hurricane App, visit the Red Cross website, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or check local media outlets.


    The response to Sandy 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, 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.


    Hundreds of Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the storm, representing a loss of thousands of blood and platelet products. The Red Cross is asking people who are eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, to schedule a time to give blood in the days and weeks to come.

    To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

    About CSEA: CSEA is New York's leading union representing nearly 300,000 working people doing every kind of job, in every part of New York. Many CSEA members are emergency workers and first responders on the job. Many others are Red Cross, fire department and community volunteers off the job.

    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. Please click here to help For more information, please join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.