Delivering blankets in Lower Manhattan

Paula Farrales (in gray coat, second from left) wasn’t in Fall River today answering calls to the 26 displaced Sunday. But she was plenty busy.

While her South Sector team members were at fires in Massachusetts, Farrales was at Knickerocker Village in Lower Manhattan. This complex has nearly 1,600 apartments among 13 buildings and has not had power, heat or water since Hurricane Sandy struck.

Farrales, a Red Cross volunteer from Taunton, is working with staff from the New York Department of Environmental Protection and the National Guard, which is together to get Red Cross blankets and water into the complex. Deliveries were made one-by-one through the apartment complex to the modest apartments housing many elderly residents.

Below, a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle brings hot meals to Knickerbocker Village is escorted through Manhattan streets by the New York City Police Department. Red Cross partners in serving this food included our partners in the Baptist Church.

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