Red Cross brings Superstorm Sandy Fundraising to Albany Airport

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Albany International Airport (AIA) is partnering with the American Red Cross (ARC) to help thousands of people recovering from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. Red Cross volunteers will be collecting donations at Albany International Airport's security checkpoint from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

"The Red Cross has been providing mass care feeding and sheltering, bulk distribution of goods and providing health and mental health services to thousands of residents in New York, New Jersey and down the Atlantic Coastline for the last week," said Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. "We are extremely grateful to Albany International Airport for hosting this fundraising campaign to help the Red Cross continue to provide comfort and aid to people in need."

"We have learned too well in the past year that New York is not immune to chaotic weather that can disrupt the lives of family, friends and neighbors," said John A. O'Donnell, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority. "The Red Cross can always be counted on to respond to our lifesaving needs in times of disaster."

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

  • The entire Red Cross fleet of response vehicles has been activated to distribute meals, water, snacks and relief supplies.
  • More than 5,400 Red Cross workers from all over the country are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies.
  • Last night, nearly 9,000 people affected by Sandy stayed in 95 shelters.
  • Since the relief operation began, the ARC has served more than one million meals and snacks, and provided more than 50, 000 overnight stays.
  • RED CROSS 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.

    HOW TO HELP

    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.

    GIVE BLOOD

    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 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.