Red Cross Newsflash
Last month about 150 persons were affected by a fire alarm at 520 W. 139th street in Hamilton Heights. Workers with the Red Cross have provided food and beverages to the affected individuals and families. Hygiene kits were offered, as well as credit cards with money to get the basic necessities. People living in 24 households needed emergency housing.
A nurse living on Staten Island, New York was greatly helped by the Red Cross right after her house was terribly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The nurse was at home when the hurricane hit. She was simply looking through the windows of the house and saw the floods coming toward her house. Water came inside the house and destroyed everything. The funds that the Red Cross has collected from donors all over the US (and not only) helped the nurse replace the damaged heating system, water heater, refrigerator, dishwasher and couch.
The American Red Cross has offered a one million USD grant to The State Island Foundation to support the recovery work it has done for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The money is going to be used to offer financial support to organizations that are participating in the disaster recovery: repairing homes for seniors, mental health services etc.
The Staten Island Foundation has a fifteen years history during which it has helped diverse organizations in the area, for a total, amount that exceeds 50 million dollars. The American Red Cross supports the victims of disasters offering them food, shelters and emotional counseling. In the same time, it provides about forty percent of the nation’s blood necessities. It organizes classes where people learn what to do in order to save the life of others, and is also involved at an international level when disasters happen in the world.