An Evening of Appreciation

During a recent visit to New Jersey, American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern personally thanked some of the people who generously supported Red Cross disaster relief and recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy.lilblog adrianpeteygailPeople like 9-year-old Petey Coar of Jersey City, who wanted to help others after the storm and raised thousands by selling bracelets using his facebook page. Petey is pictured above with Gail and Adrian Huns, executive vice president with Church & Dwight, Co., Inc., who made a significant donation to help with Red Cross relief efforts.

Gail provided an update on Sandy recovery work being done in the state and the grants awarded, including the $2 million grant awarded recently to Habitat for Humanity to repair at least 90 New Jersey homes. Housing issues continue to be the most urgent need for Sandy survivors and a priority for our Red Cross recovery efforts here. Gail explained how collaborations with community organizations like Habitat for Humanity are important pieces of our long term recovery strategy and vital to helping residents rebuild their lives. 

lilblog GailandViolaViola Lynch (pictured at right) made the trip to Monroe to see her friend Gail. The two met back in March, when Gail visited 93-year-old Viola and her daughter Carol after they moved into temporary housing. Viola’s Keansburg home was destroyed during Sandy and she has received guidance and assistance through the American Red Cross.

Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. disaster response by the Red Cross in more than five years. After weeks of providing emergency relief, the Red Cross continues to help people affected by the storm through its long-term recovery operation. Every day, trained workers are meeting one-on-one with families to assist with their recovery plans and provide financial support to help them move back into their homes or into longer-term rental housing.

Donations to the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey eight months after the storm. As of July 2013, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of families and communities affected by Sandy, including Habitat for Humanity International, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation and the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services.

The Red Cross is committed that all money donated for Sandy will be used to help the families and communities affected by Sandy. We will continue to be there as Sandy survivors and communities in New Jersey recover and rebuild. We will be announcing additional New Jersey community grants in the weeks to come.

A sincere Thank You to ALL who have donated to help!

See more photos from the visit on Flickr


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