The community of Dansville has once again demonstrated its generosity for those in need. In early November, Jon and Tim Shay, owners of Main Tire Exchange, Inc., made a pledge to match gifts to the Red Cross with a company gift of up to $5,000.
Overall, the company helped raise $11,041, including the $5,000 matching gift. Individuals were able to donate online or through the Clara Barton Chapter No. 1 of the Red Cross on Elizabeth Street.
In the first month since Sandy hit, the Red Cross provided almost 79,000 shelter stays for Sandy, part of an overall shelter response that provided more than 153,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has also:
- Provided more than 7.4 million meals and snacks through its partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention to people affected by Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
- Distributed more than 5.2 million relief items including cold weather items like coats and blankets and supplies to help people as they begin the massive clean-up of their neighborhoods.
- Provided more than 86,000 health services and mental health contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions.
- Locally, the Finger Lakes region has provided more than 75 deployments and continues to send volunteers to the disaster region.
The Red Cross response dealt with the unusual cold weather hurricane. Sandy was followed by a nor’easter that dumped snow and brought frigid temperatures to people struggling without power, and the Red Cross supplies included more Red Cross blankets, gloves and hand-warmers.
The Red Cross has raised nearly $170 million to date for Sandy and estimates that it will spend $110 million on the emergency relief through the end of December. Any funds donated for Sandy beyond what is needed for emergency relief will be put to use serving the long-term needs of those affected by this disaster. The Red Cross is already working with communities to determine unmet needs and how they can be met — something which will continue into the recovery process.
The Red Cross is developing specific plans that will in?clude a comprehensive needs assessment of the affected com?munities and individuals; plans that will identify resources available from both the Red Cross and other organizations. Recognizing that each community will have different needs, and different groups working to meet them, the role of the Red Cross will be determined by these local needs. What’s crucial is that there is community collaboration and cooperation to ensure that longer-term help reaches people who need it.