NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2012 –The American Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers this weekend to hand out tens of thousands of bags containing emergency relief supplies to families in New York City and Long Island affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“Hundreds of New Yorkers are coming together to load bags of relief supplies and then go block-to-block in some of the hardest hit communities,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater New York Region. “By engaging community volunteers who want to help their neighbors, the Red Cross will expand the reach of our thousands of workers already providing food, shelter and comfort.”
Each bag will contain things like trash bags, blankets, flashlights, batteries and hygiene kits. Items for infants like formula and diapers and cleaning supplies will also be available. Additionally, volunteers will hand out information packets with useful recovery resources and tips.
Throughout the weekend, volunteers will be distributing these items in heavily impacted neighborhoods throughout the region. In addition to mobile teams, people can also receive meals and relief kits at the following fixed distribution sites on Saturday and Sunday (10 AM to 4 PM).
Seagate – 3001 W 37th St.
Brighton Beach – 3300 Coney Island Ave.
Coney Island – MCU – 1904 Surf Ave.
Red Hook – 55 Dwight Ave.
Breezy Point – Rockaway Point Blvd and 12th Avenue
Waldbaum’s – 112-15 Beach Channel Drive, btw B124 and B125, Rockaway Blvd
Far Rockaway – Wave Crest Shopping Center, Beach 20th and Plain View Road
Howard Beach – Frank Charles Park, National Park Service, 165th Ave. and 98th St.
Hamilton Beach – Our Lady of Grace Church (158-110 101 St.)
Miller Field, National Park Service, New Dorp Ln
Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, Building 7- 6581 Hylan Blvd
Nassau County – Seaford – Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Rd
Nassau County – Lido Beach – Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Boulevard
Suffolk County – Amityville– Bennett Pl parking lot, Merrick Rd and Bennett Pl
Suffolk County – Mastic Beach– Mastic Beach Nutrition Center, 369 Neighborhood Rd
This massive assembly and distribution effort is in addition to the Red Cross feeding and sheltering operations set up across the region. The Red Cross has mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people affected by Sandy.
More than 5,700 disaster workers and hundreds of Red Cross vehicles have been mobilized to help. People have lost their homes or suffered devastating damage. Many are still without power.
Organizations including the Red Cross have provided more than 144,000 shelter stays. In addition to the millions of meals served, the Red Cross has already handed out more than two million relief items and provided more than 65,000 health services and emotional support contacts.
Besides volunteering, if someone would like to help, they can make a financial donation by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS (all one word) to 90999 to make a $10 donation.