On October 8th I jumped in a pool in Herald Square and swam alongside Diana Nyad for 15 minutes. Prior to last month I had not swum a full lap since about 1985. Why did I do this? Every single dollar raised through Diana's 48 hour swim is going directly into AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
Sandy is an ongoing reality for many families in coastal communities. Supermarkets remain closed in the Rockaways, the library has yet to reopen in Coney Island, and the hospital is still closed in Long Beach. In response, AmeriCares has provided over $6.5 million in grants and relief supplies to storm survivors and first responders. Grant funding has most recently included therapy for children in Gerritsen Beach, healthy food delivery for homebound storm survivors in the Rockaways, and crisis counseling for dual survivors of the storm and domestic abuse in Ocean County, NJ.
The need continues and with money raised through this swim, we will directly fund more organizations helping those who need it most. Here's a link to exactly what AmeriCares has funded through grants: http://www.americares.org/emergency-response/hurricane-sandy-funding.html. And next month, e-mail me directly at lobrien@americares. org. I'll tell you where the funds raised through this campaign went.
On behalf of AmeriCares and the survivors of Hurricane Sandy, thank you.
Lindsay, Program Manager for Hurricane Sandy Relief at AmeriCares
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