November 28, 2012
Story and photo by Bob Wallace
James Hodges is an enthusiastic advocate for his Pinetown neighborhood on Long Island, hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. The Red Cross is delivering relief supplies to the Martin Luther King Community Center there because local stores can’t yet meet the needs.
LONG BEACH, N.Y. – James Hodges is not one to look the other way when a community is in need.
The Pinetown area of Long Beach, on the south edge of Long Island, was without gas, electricity and heat for days after Superstorm Sandy. Hodges sprang into action and organized a distribution point for food, clothing and other much needed supplies at the Martin Luther King Community Center.
“Pinetown has the largest concentration of children in the city,” noted Hodges, “and hunger is not a stranger here.”
Those who could, responded to his prodding and soon the center was stocked with many of the essentials that families lost when storm-force winds and tidal surges tore through their neighborhoods.
The American Red Cross supports many grass-roots relief operations such as this, providing free hot meals, clean-up supplies, medical items and emotional support from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. The city of Long Beach has also assigned an employee to support Hodge’s efforts, and there is hope that utilities will soon be fully restored.
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May 4, 2010
People can send a $10 donation to help those affected by disasters across the country by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999
WASHINGTON, Monday, May 3, 2010—The American Red Cross has opened more than two dozen shelters in response to a powerful weather system that generated tornadoes and caused severe flooding across the South.
As of Monday morning, the Red Cross and its partners had 28 shelters open across the South, including Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Tennessee was particularly hard hit, with some areas in the state receiving as much as a foot of rain, leading to numerous road closures and forcing evacuations. Nearly 1,000 Tennesseans stayed at a shelter on Sunday night.
“We’re just at the beginning of this relief operation, and until the water begins to recede we won’t know just how much damage has occurred,” said Joe Becker, senior vice president of disaster services at the Red Cross. “Right now we’re focused on providing meals and a safe place to stay, but the Red Cross will be there for the long haul to help people get back on their feet.”
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May 3, 2010
Red Cross activates short term text capability for the Disaster Relief Fund
In the wake of the devastation cause by recent domestic disasters, including the tornadoes and flooding in the southern US, mGive has once again donated their services, enabling the Red Cross to accept text donations for the Disaster Relief Fund.
Customers of participating wireless carriers can text REDCROSS to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. Message and data rates may apply. Depending on the carrier, individuals can donate two or three times per month.