Over the weekend, we deployed five more volunteers to assist with Sandy disaster relief in the Northeast. Since this massive relief effort began, the Red Cross has deployed a total of 118 volunteers and eight feeding trucks from South Carolina. Additional volunteers remain on stand-by and will deploy as needed.
The Red Cross has been helping people since before Sandy made landfall and will continue to help for weeks and months to come as families get back on their feet. This is likely to be the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years, and we have mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people. Right now, nearly 5,100 Red Cross workers from all 50 states are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. About 90 percent of these workers are volunteers.
The Red Cross extensive feeding operation in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention continues, with kitchens and fixed feeding sites spread across New York and New Jersey. So far the Red Cross has served 6.4 million meals and snacks. Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies in more than 300 feeding trucks as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. Visit http://newsroom.redcross.org for more service delivery information.
Sandy left severe devastation across multiple states, and our response will cost millions, If you can help, we encourage you to click, text or call to make a financial donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
You can help people affected by disasters, such as Hurricanes Sandy, floods and wildfires, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross, Columbia Region P.O. Box 91, Columbia, S.C. 29201.