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Central New Jersey Red Cross Volunteers
Assisting Flood Relief Efforts in New England
 
Date: May 22, 2006
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

PRINCETON, NJ, May 18, 2006 -- American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Disaster Relief Volunteers Michele and Ted Saunders of South River, NJ, prepare a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for the drive to assist flood victims in New England.

PRINCETON, NJ, May 22, 2006 – Heavy rainfall over a five-day period in New England triggered the worst flooding in 70 years, according to the National Weather Service. More than a foot of rain fell in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine recently, with as much as 17 inches falling in some areas. The American Red Cross set up shelters to provide a safe haven for those who were evacuated and is now assisting residents as they return to their homes.

Seven Disaster Relief Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey were deployed to assist with Red Cross relief efforts in New England. They will help serve meals and distribute needed supplies, such as ice and cleaning materials, to residents devastated by the floods. One of the seven, Patrick Tracy, is a leadership level volunteer and is serving as a member of the management team for this relief operation. Patrick is responsible for directing the logistics efforts supporting Red Cross volunteers as they provide aid and comfort to those who have suffered damage to, or have completely lost, their homes.

The volunteers deployed to New England include:

  • Michele and Ted Saunders of South River, NJ

  • Edna Sandaal of Carteret, NJ

  • Vincent Garibaldi of Woodbridge, NJ

  • Joan Smith of Lambertville, NJ

  • Ruth Jackson of Trenton, NJ

  • Patrick Tracy of Yardley, PA


PRINCETON, NJ, May 19, 2006 -- Disaster Relief Volunteers (pictured L-R) Vincent Garibaldi of Woodbridge, Edna Sandaal of Carteret, Ruth Jackson of Trenton, and Joan Smith of Lambertville, fill out necessary paperwork at the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey in Princeton before deployment to assist flood victims in New England.

These volunteers also assisted the Red Cross with relief efforts in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They have again dedicated at least two weeks to the relief effort in New England, if necessary.

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 New England Floods, 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-HELP NOW 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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