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American Red Cross Continues Flood Relief Efforts

 
Date: July 1, 2006
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

PRINCETON, NJ, July 1, 2006 – Disaster Relief Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey are active in both Mercer and Hunterdon counties this holiday weekend, helping their neighbors affected by flooding along the Delaware River. 

 “As the waters recede, and residents are able to return to their flood damaged homes, our volunteers will be there providing emotional and physical support,” said Paul Carden, director of emergency services for the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey.

 This support includes serving meals and snacks and volunteers going house to house distributing Clean-Up Kits, a kit enabling families to take the first step in the cleaning process.  Clean-Up Kits contain:

  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge
  • Gloves
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant/deodorizer
  • Plastic shielding

The Red Cross is also taking care of the first responders as well.  For example, breakfast, lunch and dinner is being served at a feeding site in Trenton for the more than 250 firefighters and support personnel pumping out the homes there. 

 More than 80 volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey have assisted in the relief operation since last Wednesday when evacuations began.  The volunteers have staffed two shelters in Mercer County and one in Hunterdon County (closed on 6/30/06), serving meals and providing comfort to those forced from their homes.  Volunteers have also been driving throughout the affected areas providing meals, snacks and cold drinks to residents (4,200 meals and snacks have been served as of June 30th). 

 The Red Cross will be there to support the immediate emergency needs of individuals and families and will stay the course to help people recover from this disaster as quickly as possible. Anyone in need of Red Cross services is urged to call their local chapter.  Mercer County and Hunterdon County residents can contact 609-951-8550.

 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 New Jersey’s June 2006 Flooding, 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. 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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