The Red Cross to provide Thanksgiving dinners for Hurricane Sandy victims
The American Red Cross will be handing out thousands of boxes of food before Thanksgiving to victims of Hurricane Sandy 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 Charley Shimanski, head of Red Cross Disaster Services. “Red Cross volunteers will be working throughout the holiday weekend to make sure residents aren’t going hungry.”
According to the Red Cross, they 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.
On Thursday, the Red Cross will serve Thanksgiving lunches—including turkey, mashed potatoes and apple pie—from fixed feeding sites in New Jersey and New York. Red Cross response vehicles will also travel through affected neighborhoods to provide these meals.
Nearly 5,100 Red Cross workers are helping with the efforts, including 13 from Idaho. They are supporting shelters and providing meals and supplies at fixed sites and driving through neighborhoods
–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