|Local Red Cross provides meals for Sandy victims
As people in New Jersey and New York continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross will be handing out thousands of boxes of food before Thanksgiving and also providing about 35,000 hot Thanksgiving meals to people in need.
“As families across America sit down to share a Thanksgiving meal, it’s important to remember that many people in New Jersey and New York are still struggling,” said Jennifer Jones, Disaster Services Director for the California Northwest Region.
So far, 46 trained Red Crossers from the California Northwest region (Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties) have travelled east to help the residents.
Some local volunteers have returned already; others are extending their volunteering past their original deployment; still others are leaving now or in the near future.
Recent deployments have included Regional Red Cross CEO Tim Miller, and three Red Cross volunteers who also are firefighters from the Valley Ford Fire Department.
The Red Cross will deliver about 20,000 boxes of food in New York during Thanksgiving week. These boxes contain enough non-perishable food to feed a family of four for several days; items such as canned sweet potatoes, green beans and corn, and packages of mashed potatoes and rice. Thousands of boxes were packed by Red Cross volunteers last weekend in Richmond, Va., and additional boxes are being provided through a partnership with Feeding America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On Thursday, the Red Cross served Thanksgiving lunches – including turkey, mashed potatoes and apple pie – from fixed feeding sites in New Jersey and New York.
Red Cross response vehicles also traveled through affected neighborhoods to provide these meals. Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has:
• Served 6.6 million meals and snacks.
• Distributed 3.9 million relief items, such as hygiene items, cleaning supplies, flashlights, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks, work gloves and cold weather items.
• Provided more than 77,000 overnight shelter stays.
• Made more than 77,000 health services and emotional support contacts.
• Mobilized more than 10,500 trained workers from all 50 states; about 90 percent of these workers are volunteers.