Response continues for families in struggling communities
Thanks to an outpouring of support from individuals and companies worldwide, AmeriCares has provided $2.5 million in aid, benefiting an estimated 318,000 people struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Our Hurricane Sandy relief teams have been working nonstop to ease the suffering of victims in hard-hit areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, delivering:
113 shipments of medicines and other supplies to hard-hit communities, including first aid, 9,211 course treatments of medication including insulin and 1,600+ doses of vaccine, medical supplies, enough bottled water for 55,000 people, blankets, diapers for 8,000 babies, 3,500 sleeping bags, flashlights, first-aid kits, and 470,000 individual personal hygiene and relief supplies to support the work of clinics and shelters serving the ill, injured, powerless and displaced —aid that will benefit more than 210,000 people.
$780,000+ in funding to organizations to help up to 106,000 people in need. This includes grants to the World Cares Center for programs to provide emergency warmth and disaster cleanup for survivors in Staten Island and Far Rockaway, a grant and medical aid to help Breezy Point emergency services, a grant to help elderly and disabled survivors stranded in high-rise buildings in Coney Island, grants to support continuity of operations at damaged health centers in the Rockaways and Coney Island, and flash grants to help community organizations supply needed relief items and clean-up crews to Staten Island.
Deployment of a mobile medical clinic: On December 17, our clinic redeployed to Rockaway, Queens, to help the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center deliver care to families in need—returning from its initial November 12-13 deployment. On December 3-16, our clinic was stationed at Long Beach Hospital in Long Beach, Long Island. From November 1-6, the clinic operated in three locations in Staten Island, where dozens of patients received primary care, tetanus and flu vaccines.
To brighten the Christmas holiday, we held a Christmas Eve dinner for residents and holiday party complete with toys for the children at Conover House in Brooklyn affected by HIV/AIDS
To brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for survivors on Long Island, a turkey dinner for 500 was served at a Nassau County shelter operated by the American Red Cross.
On January 9, AmeriCares, is co-sponsoring a Community Health Fair at the Addabbo Family Health Center, offering offer free flu shots, blood pressure screenings, diabetic screenings, and information on post-disaster health and safety needs.
In devastated Atlantic City, our teams delivered essential personal hygiene items and 570 course treatments of assorted medicines and vaccines for survivors still displaced by the storm. We’ve delivered 50 special needs cots, a dozen wheelchairs, a refrigerator to store insulin for diabetic patients, and more than 1,400 pounds of first aid supplies and over-the-counter medicines to the Nassau Community College shelter in Long Island.
Learn more about our large-scale Hurricane Sandy response here.
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