Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting the American Red Cross headquarters for the Maryland/Delaware Region for a tour and to thank the many volunteers.
It was a real honor to meet with many of the 200 disaster assistance workers—many of whom have traveled here from other parts of our nation—to help those in our region whose lives have been uprooted by Hurricane Sandy.
Since Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region has mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers who have served more than 100,800 meals and snacks. On Tuesday night, more than 9,000 people spent the night in 171 Red Cross shelters, including 400 who spent the night in Maryland shelters. Many of these Marylanders would’ve had nowhere to go without the help of the Red Cross.
Our region and our nation owe so much to the American Red Cross because they provide often critical assistance to Americans in times of real catastrophe or crises. When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there to provide essential needs like emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling.
Red Cross volunteers embody what is best of America. They make us very proud, and I want to thank each and every one of them for all they have done for our state and our nation.