NORTH BRUNSWICK— This weekend, the American Red Cross had a major effort underway to hand out relief supplies while continuing to provide meals, shelter and comfort to people throughout New Jersey.
“Every day Red Cross volunteers are loading trucks and traveling to affected neighborhoods with food and supplies. Our disaster workers are carrying these relief items up multiple flights of stairs in high rises, doing whatever we can to reach more people who need help,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster Services for the Red Cross.
Throughout neighborhoods in New Jersey devastated by Sandy, Red Cross volunteers are handing out thousands of bags stuffed with relief supplies such as cleaning, hygiene and comfort items over the weekend. Approximately 90 percent of the more than 5,700 Red Cross disaster workers deployed are volunteers who have left the comfort of their home and family to help those in need. More than 2,600 workers are helping in New Jersey.
In addition to delivering relief supplies, the extensive Red Cross feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention continues, with kitchens and fixed feeding sites spread across New York and New Jersey. With nearly 100 emergency response vehicles circulating through the state of New Jersey, volunteers also continue to provide mobile distribution of water, food and supplies to affected neighborhoods.
The Red Cross response to Sandy is massive. As of Sunday evening, the Red Cross has:
- Served more than 3.2 million meals and snacks
- Made nearly 12,000 health services and emotional support contacts
- Distributed more than 310,000 relief items
- Deployed more than 2,600 Red Cross workers to the New Jersey area
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