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.
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.