Immigrant Family Recovers from Sandy with Help of Red Cross

Red Cross Case Manager Robert Villanueva visits the Ye family of Coney Island who the Red Cross helped recover after Sandy.

Red Cross Case Manager Robert Villanueva visits the Ye family of Coney Island who the Red Cross helped recover after Sandy.

The Red Cross is very good.

The Ye family knew immigrating to America from China would be hard, but they didn’t anticipate being tested by the largest natural disaster to hit the U.S. in more than five years. Donations to the American Red Cross have helped their family get back on their feet after Superstorm Sandy.

Mrs. Ye gave birth to their first child just three months prior to Sandy making landfall. She, her husband, their baby and 10 other family members, including Mr. Ye’s elderly parents, were in their Coney Island home when Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012.

“We were here and it was very dangerous,” Mrs. Ye said. “It came suddenly so it was very scary, we didn’t expect the flood to come so fast. We went upstairs, and the flood kept coming.”

The Ye family owns their home, which they purchased shortly after coming to the United States. The house is only blocks from the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn.

Sandy sent more than three feet of water into the first floor of their home, flooding the living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms.

After the Ye family connected with Red Cross Case Manager Robert Villanueva, they applied for Red Cross assistance. The Move-In Assistance Program provided the Ye family with funding to purchase new furniture, kitchen items and beds, adding a bit more normalcy to a life turned upside down by Sandy.

“The Red Cross is very good,” Mrs. Ye said. “We’re very touched they helped us.”

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/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.