New Volunteers Spur Greenwich Red Cross Relief Efforts

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Greenwich Red Cross volunteers gave out clean-up kits Saturday at the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

GREENWICH, Conn. – Hundreds of "spontaneous volunteers" joined the American Red Cross crew to assist in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, according to CEO Mary Young, of the New York North chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes Greenwich.

"We doubled our work force of 400 volunteers, and half of the new recruits are from Greenwich," she said. "The town has a wonderful commitment to support the Red Cross." 

Red Cross volunteers gave out clean-up kits Saturday afternoon at  the Sound Beach and Cos Cob volunteer fire departments.

The Red Cross has provided a number of services in Greenwich since Sandy hit, including overseeing sheltering operations at the Eastern Middle School, where 151 local residents and members of the U.S. Forest Service and power company line crews have stayed. The Red Cross has also fed residents at the middle school.

The Red Cross is also offering health services, from doctors and nurses to mental health professionals.

Young said the Red Cross was involved in immediate relief efforts after Sandy hit and will now assist families during the recovery phase.

"We deal with families individually and help them move forward," she said.

The Red Cross is also supporting FEMA in its efforts to assist storm victims. "We're getting out their info about their recovery centers," Young said.

The Greenwich center is located at the Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 800-621-FEMA to register for FEMA assistance.

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