STATE – The American Red Cross is continuing to aid the victims of major flooding in New Jersey. Last night, the Red Cross operated three shelters in the state, aiding 150 residents. At the height of the storm, the Red Cross had more than 60 shelters open, or on standby to open, in New Jersey.
Since Friday, Aug. 26, the Red Cross in New Jersey has:
- Provided more than 19,200 overnight stays.
- Served more than 270,000 meals and snacks.
- Provided more than 4,800 health services consultations and more than 3,600 mental health contacts.
- Mobilized more than 700 workers to help New Jersey residents in need.
- Distributed approximately 17,400 clean up kits and 4,150 comfort kits.
- Provided more than 42,000 relief items such as hygiene kits, mops, brooms, tarps, work gloves, shovels, rakes and trash bags.
The American Red Cross response to multiple disasters across many states will cost millions. Costs for Hurricane Irene alone are estimated at between $10 million and $15 million. New relief efforts for flooding in Pennsylvania and New York, and the large wildfire response in Texas will add to that estimate.
Those who are unaffected and want to help can click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations can be made by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can also be sent to local Red Cross chapters or mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
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