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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 10

At 6am this morning I swiped an old room key several times to pay for my taxi. Didn’t work so well. Upon arriving at the chapter, we found out that our regular bus bus driver had the day off. We are now on a two hour ride...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 9

Last night at 9pm when I finished my day, I laid down on the bed to take off my shoes. Woke up at 6:15am this morning, with same clothes on, including shoes, in the exact same position. Realized this was my day off, went back...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 8

With all the clean up efforts going on right now, the local stores have no more supplies available. As I handed out trash bags to one man today he said, “I have donated money to the Red Cross every single year, but I...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 7

Today we delivered to Lindenhurst, NY. This is the farthest west I’d personally been so far – and had the most destruction. There was a great outreach program there where people just swarmed a huge parking lot...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 6

Last night and today I wrote a song for the entire Bohemia site team and played it for them tonight. So lucky to have such a great group to spend long, long days with. Saw so much destruction today. Houses just destroyed....

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 5

Happy Thanksgiving! I posted a picture here of my Thanksgiving dinner. Missing my mom’s cooking! :-). Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends. I can honestly say I have received more thanks-yous and smiles in the past...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 4

Today, one of my Red Cross bulk distribution teams went into a gas station in an area where we were told no help was needed as a result of Sandy. But they pressed on and asked around until they found a population of lower...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 3

As we left the greater NY chapter at 6:30 am and took the bus out to Bohemia, my site manager told us we plan to distribute about 10,000 meals to Long Island within the next 2 days. Today our team of 11 trucks did some amazing...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 2

I woke up early, very early for me, and got a cab to the chapter at 6:15 am. There were large sign up sheets (one I had created yesterday) hanging on the walls for people to choose the distribution site that they would like to...

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Hurricane Sandy – Red Cross Day 1

Chaotic first day. This is a level 7 relief effort. Katrina was a 5. Estimated $50 billion impact. 44,000 still without power. The Red Cross CEO told a story of a tall building with elderly residents who haven’t had power...

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