Boy does time fly! It’s so hard to believe that it was just a little over a month ago that Superstorm Sandy devastated so many with its abrupt landfall on the East Coast. Yup, October 29th was the day, and ever since that day we have been in communities providing aid and comfort to the many people still struggling even as some communities begin to recover.
To date, the Red Cross has served more than 8.4 million meals and snacks, and provided more than 95,000 health services and emotional support contacts to people affected by Sandy. The Red Cross has deployed more than 15,500 disaster workers from all 50 states; about 90 percent of these workers are volunteers. Right now more than 2,100 workers are on the ground providing help and comfort. The Red Cross has also distributed more than 6.3 million relief items, and activated more than 300 response vehicles. Since Sandy hit, response organizations have provided more than 156,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 80,000 of those stays.
Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to deliver water, food and relief supplies. Our extensive feeding operation with distribution sites and mobile delivery spread across New York. One of those volunteers was Lindsay Moore. Lindsay returned from New York about a week ago after spending two weeks staffing a Red Cross shelter in Manhattan and the rest of her time at a hospital that became a shelter for evacuees.
“I stayed on the S.S. Wright ship off of Staten Island the rest of the time and worked the night shift at a hospital that became a shelter for evacuees. It was the most challenging, heartbreaking, best experience of my life and I did not want to leave at all.”
Moore, a volunteer for the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, got involved with the
Red Cross a year ago and has since been deployed to on several relief operations. But states that Sandy, by far, was the most life-changing.
“As I posted on Facebook when I was coming home: “On my way home. My
life has changed more in 2 weeks than in the last 2 years, from the people I got to know as they opened up about the terrifying experience they went through, to my teammates whose support and laughter kept me going and made me feel like I could face anything, to the undeniable vulnerability I felt as I witnessed the physical destruction and power of Mother Nature. None of us are exempt and natural disasters do not play favorites. I’m only so thankful I could be a small part of the recovery process.”
When disasters strike, communities come together to help each other out. Hurricane Sandy relief efforts are far from over but thanks to amazing volunteers like Lindsay, we can continue to provide hope to those in need. Together, we can transform a life in crisis into a life of hope.
Become a volunteer for the American Red Cross and assist with situations like Hurricane Sandy in the future, please visit our website at www.redcross.org/cincinnati to sign up to volunteer.