Each year, because of our loyal members, we have been able to donate to a worthy cause at our Fall Conference. This year, we have had many tragedies that have hit home to several of our residents, family and friends. The Red Cross is mobilizing volunteers and relief supplies to help those in need. Getting relief materials to the islands is difficult, but the Red Cross is working with federal, corporate and community partners to get supplies to the region by both sea and air. The Red Cross relief effort stretches across multiple states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hurricane Irma (Continental U.S. Only)
- Overnight, 225 people stayed in 3 emergency shelters in Florida.
- Along with our partners, we have served more than 1.5 million (1,556,000) meals and snacks across six states.
- We’ve distributed more than 1 million (1,050,000) relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items across six states.
- Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 46,000 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected across six states.
- More than 930 Red Cross workers are responding to Irma now.
- Today, as many as 84 emergency response vehicles are helping to deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest-hit areas in Florida.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria (Puerto Rico and USVI)
- In Puerto Rico, more than 6,900 people stayed overnight in 115 government evacuation shelters.
- On the U.S. Virgin Islands, 347 people stayed overnight in 5 shelters.
- Nearly 680 Red Cross trained disaster workers are supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and over 165 more are on the way.
- Along with our partners, the Red Cross has served more than 600,000 meals and snacks across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- We’ve distributed almost 365,000 relief items across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 11,000 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.
- After Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Red Cross has served more than 535,000meals and snacks, distributed more than 300,000 relief supplies, and provided more than 8,000 mental health and health services to people in need. Right now, 445 trained Red Cross disaster workers are helping.
- After Irma and Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Red Cross has served more than 65,000 meals and snacks, handed out more than 65,000 relief items, and provided more than 3,400 mental health and health services to people in need. Right now, more than 230 trained Red Cross disaster workers are helping.
How to Help:
We will have canisters at the Registration Desk available for cash and checks. You can also donate by visiting - https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation
Have some fun!
The MassNAHRO Professional Development Committee has also teamed up to host a Chinese Raffle. The Raffle will consist of $25 gift cards. Donations accepted! All proceeds will go to the relief efforts.