volunteers hammering insulation to side of house

— Photo by Chris Lieberman

Situation Overview

Superstorm Sandy struck the United States on October 29, 2012, affecting 24 states and causing more than 100 deaths and an estimated $64 billion in damage.  New Jersey and New York were particularly hard hit.

Our Response

Response to the superstorm will be long-term.  During the first year of response, Gift of the Heart Kits and CWS blankets valued at more than $1 million were provided for survivors; and more than 1,000 people participated in nine “Recovery Tools and Training” workshops in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Connecticut.

As of May 2014,  233 work teams consisting of 3,892 volunteers have served in response to Superstorm Sandy, helping families with clean-up and rebuilding efforts.  17 PDA-related hosting sites are currently serving communities in New York and New Jersey.

logoIn addition to your One Great Hour of Sharing and generous designated gifts to help with this response, the American Red Cross is also supporting our hospitality work related to Superstorm Sandy.  Read about the generous ARC grant.

Stories of Hope


Affected church reaches out to others

Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, New Jersey, had property damage from Superstorm Sandy.  But on their first Sunday back at Prospect, they held an intergenerational mission of assembling Gift of the Heart Kits to reach out to others. Read Stories of Hope.

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