Turkey Day Delivery

November 28, 2012

By Sue Kariker
Photo by Ginger Winings

FAR ROCKAWAYS, N.Y. – There’s more than one way to fill a hungry stomach.

For weeks, the familiar red-and-white American Red Cross trucks have been delivering meals to two senior housing complexes in Beach Channel on the southwest edge of Long Island, where Superstorm Sandy left widespread devastation.

More than 600 residents turn out to receive the carry-out clamshells of food they have come to rely on until power is restored and nearby stores reopen.

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, however, the Red Cross trucks carried a bonus: Each resident received a cooler filled with non-perishable food to tide them over while the organization restocked and refueled for the Thanksgiving weekend push.

The Red Cross teamed up with the National Guard, which had been patrolling Long Beach Island – in the hard-hit Far Rockaways – for nearly four weeks.

“The partnership between the National Guard and the Red Cross has been saving the lives of the fragile population,” said Ruth Larkin, a resident of the Beach Street Senior Housing Complex who helped organize the handout at the high-rises.

Red Cross disaster responders would be working throughout the holiday weekend to get meals and comfort to families and individuals affected by Sandy, but they couldn’t be everywhere at once.

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STORY: Isaac volunteers share what inspired them to join Red Cross

August 25, 2012

Isaac: Volunteers Behula Guydon and Laura Smelski Share Their Red Cross Experiences While Waiting For Orientation To Begin

Story by Jennifer Ramieh

It was Hurricane Katrina that inspired Mental Health volunteer Behula Guydon to join the American Red Cross. An already planned family reunion was bringing several of her relatives from New Orleans to Grand Rapids, MI when the recommended evacuation was issued. “They called me and said we are grabbing what we can and are headed your way,” says Behula. “I had 15 of my family members stay with us more than a month until it was safe for them to return home. That’s when I decided I needed to get involved.”

While Behula has been actively volunteering in her home chapter, this is her first national assignment. Her husband, Paul is very supportive and knows that this is her passion. She is not sure what to expect with Hurricane Isaac but is looking forward to the chance to do the work that the Red Cross does.

It was also Hurricane Katrina that drove Health Services volunteer Laura Smelski to want to help people. Now with her kids grown, she has seized the opportunity to help people. “This is on my bucket list, to get out in the community and help people,” says Laura.

This is Laura’s second trip to Florida from her hometown of Syracuse, NY for the Red Cross in the last month. She returned home only a few weeks ago from Gainesville where she was on assignment from Tropical Storm Debby.


Press Release: Red Cross Responds, Assists Residents after Flooding

October 1, 2010

Red Cross Flood Response Could Top $800,000 in Southern Minnesota

Madison, WI, October 1, 2010 – The American Red Cross is committed to providing services to those affected by area flooding. As the water recedes and area residents return home over the weekend, the Red Cross plans to visit affected areas to distribute recovery items and continue client casework to meet emergency needs. Red Cross workers involved are case workers, health services, disaster mental health, feeding and bulk distribution crews.

Opportunities to capture relief response in action (contact us for interview and ride along opportunities):

  • Friday 10/1/10 – The Red Cross is sending a team to Portage to continue disaster assessment of the affected area. Outreach teams of Red Cross caseworkers are visiting the affected area to meet with individuals and families to continue casework and discuss their emergency needs.
  • Saturday & Sunday 10/2-3/2010 – Mobile feeding and bulk distribution operation in the American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle distributing recovery items such as water, snacks, clean-up kits and “Repairing Your Flooded Home” booklets. Outreach teams of Red Cross caseworkers will continue visiting individuals and families the affected area.

The Red Cross is also providing Clean-Up Kits and “Repairing Your Flooded Home” booklets in Juneau & Adams County for those who have water damage in their home. Clean-Up Kits and booklets are available for pick up at the Dell Prairie Town Hall located at 763 County Rd K, Wisconsin Dells WI as well as the Necedah Village Hall located at 101 Center St Necedah WI.

Those who have been affected by the flooding and in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the Red Cross-Badger Chapter 24/7 by calling our toll-free number 877-618-6628. When disaster strikes, the local Red Cross can be called upon to meet the communities immediate emergency needs. The Red Cross provides assistance for basic human needs such as food shelter and clothing, as well as assistance to replace medical equipment destroyed in the disaster and crisis counseling to help those affected cope with the disaster.


Video: Spring Floods and Tornadoes

May 12, 2010

Check out the latest update on how we are serving communities affected by severe floods and tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.


Video: Assisting the Southern States

May 7, 2010

Many states across the southern U.S. have suffered damage brought on by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Check out how your Red Cross is helping those affected – by the numbers.


Press Release: MS Shelters Close ; Feeding Continues

April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010 – Jackson, MS – All Red Cross shelters that opened in response to the severe weather outbreak in Mississippi on Saturday April 24th have closed. At one time three shelters were open totaling a population of 55.

Red Cross workers will continue mobile feeding through the weekend. Emergency response vehicles will carry food, water, and snacks into the impacted communities during the lunch and dinner hours.  Drivers will also have tarps, cleaning kits, shovels and rakes for those who need them.


Photos: Yazoo City, MS

April 26, 2010

All photos can be used with proper attribution. Click through for caption and courtesy information.

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Fast Facts: New Jersey Floods 2010

March 24, 2010

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the New Jersey floods:


Video: A Global Red Cross Presence in Haiti

February 26, 2010

Haiti Relief Efforts: Map

February 12, 2010

This map is meant to provide a general view of where the Red Cross has been able to distribute relief to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

This is by no means a comprehensive map of relief locations or output. Locations are approximate.


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