Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In Case You Missed It – Sept 2

Long Island Red Cross volunteer Sal Montoro (Far Right)

In the last week the Red Cross provided emergency relief in the form of shelter, food, clothing, health services and/or emotional support to 104 New Yorkers impacted by 38 disasters across our region. Here are some highlights.

Last Week in Review
  • Heading back to school? Red Cross has tips to help children stay safe when taking the bus or biking to school, plus tips for parents to help their kids even further.
  • After Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross relied on its dedicated staff members and volunteers to provide aid to those affected by the storm. More than 10,000 volunteers from across the country poured into the Greater New York region to help the thousands of people in need. For some of those volunteers, assisting with the long-term recovery efforts of the Red Cross became a mission they wanted to commit to full time. Patty Jones, Tymera Jackson and Kevin Rivero are three of those individuals.
  • Kudos to Long Island’s Sal Montoro, who was recently promoted to Red Cross National Shelter Operations Manager. In this position, Sal will be charged with supervising shelters in large-scale disasters. Read more about Sal, a 13-year Long Island volunteer.
  • On August 28, the Red Cross took part in a “solidarity event” in Hamilton Heights for residents of 512 West 136 St., the site of the fatal 4-alarm fire on Aug. 18. During the program, hosted by NYC City Council Member Mark Levine, organizations on hand paid tribute to the young girl who passed away and offered their continued support to those impacted by this tragedy.
  • Red Crossers responded to a fire at a multi-family residence in Mount Vernon Aug. 29. The fire displaced four families, eight adults and one child. All families were provided emergency financial assistance for lost personals (clothing, food, etc.), emergency relocation as needed and referrals with community agencies.

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