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Red Cross relief effort shows diligence

December 9, 2012

It's been more than a month since the American Red Cross has been on the ground responding to Superstorm Sandy - the biggest U.S. disaster in more than five years.

The Red Cross mobilized more than 14,400 trained disaster workers to date - including nearly 80 Iowans - to help people affected by the storm. Of those responding to Sandy, 90 percent are volunteers. About 3,000 remain on the job.

There is still a need to provide food, water, shelter and relief supplies.

On Monday the Red Cross released a comprehensive list of the work its done in light of the disaster. Having followed the Superstorm, it's still unimaginable the number of people in need. Here are some highlights from 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.

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.

The details of the Red Cross' relief effort illustrate the enormity of the disaster. It also shows the very large responsibility we place with the American Red Cross.

In this season of giving, please consider what you can do to support the efforts of the Red Cross.

Volunteers are not only needed on the East Coast; they're needed right here in Marshalltown. Annual giving to the Red Cross not only impacts response to national disasters, but also local disasters, educational needs and support to our military families.

To learn more about donating or volunteering visit



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