Friday, January 18, 2013

Sandy thanks

Pete Swales (Center) with fellow Disaster Assessment team
members during one of his prior deployments to assist in
the Sandy relief efforts
On Sunday, volunteer Pete Swales of Springville will leave to help the Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy for a third time. Pete is the fourth Western New Yorker to do three deployments since the storm hit in late October, and is one of 47 people from this region who has volunteered their time and talents to help our neighbors devastated by Sandy.

Trust me, it is a sacrifice to pack up and leave your life, your family and friends, for weeks at a time to help people you've never met. And the work itself isn't always easy. So why do they do it? Because it can be extremely rewarding. Not sure what I mean? Check out just some of the notes of thanks the Red Cross has received from those who have received the assistance of people like Pete and the other 16,500+ volunteers from across the country who make our efforts possible:

Subject: Thank you

I have to thank the Red Cross. I live in Staten Island and was affected by Hurricane Sandy. There are many people here who were affected worse than me. But to see the Red Cross coming to my block to serve us food day after day brought tears to my eyes. We were without power for twelve days. We had to throw out a lot of food. We just received power last night but haven't had a chance to go food shopping yet. Whenever I heard the siren of the Red Cross truck I knew I was getting my hot meal. You have been here since a day or so after the storm and have fed many people who needed you. God bless you and your organization. Now I must get back to my nice hot meal that was just given to me from your truck.
Staten Island, New York 10312

Subject: Thank you

Sincere thanks to the Red Cross people from Kansas who were driving through Beach Haven, NJ today providing hot lunches to homeowners assessing damage and starting clean-up from Hurricane Sandy. Your support is greatly appreciated as well as uplifting during a very difficult time.  00156078
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889

Subject: Thank you

I would like to thank all the red cross volunteers for all the help they provided me with at the Toms River shelter, and in the Monmouth Racetrack outside and inside, they helped me so much and I can't say enough thankyou's  They are all wonderful people and it made the tough time I went through much better!  Thanks to all involved!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Michelle Point Pleasant  Beach, New Jersey 08742

Subject: Thank you

I have recently returned from helping family in New York post-Sandy and wanted to write to say how helpful, compassionate, and intelligent your organization proved to me to be seeing them in action while in Queens, NY during the aftermath of this storm and the Nor'easter that followed it. I was so impressed and I witnessed this first-hand time after time. Thank you so much.
Venice, California 90291


Subject: Thank you

Thank you for the food at 555 shore drive oakdale ny 11769.
We were hungry.

scott barden
oakdale, New York 11769

Subject: Thank you

Thank you for all you have done for those who have suffered so much devastation in New Jersey.  Keep up the great work!  I am encouraging friends and family to give donations to the American Red Cross instead of exchanging Christmas gifts this year.
Neptune, New Jersey 07753


Subject: Thank you

To whom it may concern,

I would like to so THANK YOU and HAPPY THANKSGIVING for all of those who came to help us. Not only today but through those last three weeks... it is a huge help...especially for those who have children like myself... and those who are disables like my friends.... we want to say THANK YOU for being here for us ROCKAWAY RESIDENTS!
Rockaway Park, New York 11694


Subject: Thank you

Dear Red Cross

We were TRULY BLESSED to have members of your amazing organization provide us with food, water, blankets, snacks, but as important was the HOPE they inspired and delivered in our time of need. I was a contact person here at the 10 Pavilion Avenue location, and I was elected to serve as President of out Tenant's Association.

During this very chaotic time, I was so absorbed with getting the supplies brought to us, with such kindness and caring effort, that I never got to even write down the names of those "Red Cross Volunteer ANGELS," that came to our building, day after day making sure we had the necessities to keep moving forward with great HOPE, and that those days would surely pass. I know I signed a release form when they started taking some pictures, and I am hoping to get copies, IF possible, that we NEVER FORGET,, who came to us in our time of helplessness and incredible need.

These wonderful people were even concerned enough to take care of another senior building about 2 blocks from our building, for they did NOT EVEN have any power at all. Their generator had failed and broke down. Your superfluous staff went and made sure that all of the residents there, WERE ALSO cared for and attended to. We have been doing our best to advise everyone EXACTLY how important the RED CROSS is to everyone throughout the world, and not just in our location. May God Bless these incredible people and keep them safe, and hopefully you may be able to look into you database, so that we can send them our personal thanks, and appreciation. Again in closing, GOD BLESS THE RED CROSS, THE WORLD'S REAL HEROES, Amen!  

Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

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