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American Red Cross Urgently Seeking Donations
April Nor'easter to Cost Estimated $5 Million in Red Cross Relief
 
Date: April 20, 2007
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

PRINCETON, NJ, April 20, 2007 – This week’s Nor’easter will cost $5 million in Red Cross relief across the Northeast, according to initial estimates. The storm shut down roads, flooded homes and cut off electricity to more than 700,000 homes and businesses from Maine to Pennsylvania. While the rain has stopped in many areas, the American Red Cross is still assisting thousands of people who have been affected by the storm and is asking for donations to its Disaster Relief Fund.

“The sun may be shining now, but for thousands of people, the long cleanup process is just beginning,” says Kevin Sullivan, CEO of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. “We are reaching out to our community to ask that people give to the Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of this storm and other disasters.”

The Red Cross opened more than 50 shelters because of the storm, and some are still operating for people who have been forced out of their homes by flooding and power outages. In New Jersey, one of the hardest hit states, more than 1,000 people have sought refuge in Red Cross shelters. Many shelters have closed, but some remain open as people wait for electricity to resume or seek an alternate place to stay.

The Red Cross is partnering with community organizations, as well as state governments to provide critical services to those in need. As the waters begin to recede, the Red Cross continues to assess the situation and provide shelter, food, water, clean up and comfort kits, and medical and mental health services as needed.

Affected Red Cross chapters are reaching out to their donors and communities and asking for contributions to help provide assistance to victims of flooding in the Northeast. People interested in making a financial contribution can do so by contacting their local chapter or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or go to www.redcross.org.

The Disaster Relief Fund allows the American Red Cross to provide the essentials of emergency assistance, food, shelter, clothing, mental health counseling, as well as other basic necessities to victims of all types of disasters. More importantly, this fund gives the Red Cross and its volunteers the capacity to immediately meet the needs of victims by enabling the organization to act before donations are made – when help is needed the most.

“The American Red Cross will always be there for people whenever and wherever disaster strikes. But since we are not a government agency, we depend on the voluntary contributions and giving of the American people to help us do our work,” says Kevin Sullivan.


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All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the April 2007 Nor’easter, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

 

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