Red Cross Mobilizes Efforts to Feed Cold Residents

Volunteer organization, community agencies working together to keep residents warm, fed.

With temperatures dropping Saturday evening and nearly 130,000 Westchester County residents still without power, the American Red Cross continues to offer shelter at three locations throughout the county to approximately 120 residents. 

A heating truck is scheduled to return to New Rochelle on Sunday serving a hot breakfast and hot dinner, said Red Cross volunteer spokesperson Carolyn Sherwin. The truck first served New Rochelle residents Friday.

"People were coming out of [their New Rochelle] homes giving us aluminum foil and plates," said Sherwin of the community-wide support. The Red Cross is also giving food to the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management for distribution. Additionally, the Salvation Army has been active in distributing hot meals through feeding trucks. 

"They've been helping us, we've been helping them," said Sherwin of the Salvation Army. 

Volunteers have traveled from Mississippi, Oregon, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina, among other states, to aid New Yorkers. "It's one Red Cross on the ground. From west to east, people are there," said Sherwin. 

Sherwin expects more Red Cross programs to emerge in the coming days. Check back with Patch for more details on the efforts of the Red Cross and its partners.  

Number of Residents Using Red Cross Shelters on Friday Evening: 

New Rochelle: 39

Yonkers: 38

New Castle: 43

Editor's Note: The original version of this article stated that the Abigail Adams Project volunteer organization has come to the area to assist with relief efforts. However, the organization has not come to the area. We regret the error.

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