With Thanksgiving just around the corner, The Red Cross would like to say thanks for the generosity of the American public. The Red Cross has been able to spend tens of millions of donated dollars providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to people affected by Sandy, and those dollars are making a difference.
Shelters have been able to remain open for people unable to return home. More than 500 people spent Saturday night in 5 Red Cross shelters in New Jersey and New York.
Since Sandy hit, organizations have pulled together to provide more than 147,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 75,000 of those stays.
Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies in more than 300 feeding trucks as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more information.
In New York, the Red Cross mobilized a large effort to hand out relief supplies to people in need for the second weekend in a row. Overall so far, we have handed out more than 2.9 million relief items to people affected by Sandy.
The Red Cross has also provided more than 70,000 health services and emotional support contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions.
Also in light of the coming holiday, The Red Cross will be working with a range of community and faith-based groups to get Thanksgiving meals to people in the areas affected by Sandy. This will include distributing food before the holiday, supporting faith-based and community Thanksgiving meal programs, and serving Thanksgiving meals from Red Cross kitchens on Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving we should all be thankful for the roof over our heads and the warm meals on our tables as we keep those affected by Sandy in our thoughts.
-Hayley Jones, Emergency Services Intern