Flying Aid Gives Food, Generators, Gas To Hurricane Sandy New
York, New Jersey Victims
Parrott, Jacob Parrott and Joel Leyden deliver a generator and
gas to a Hurricane Sandy New York victim. Photo:
Rebecca McCann / INA
Israel News Agency
York, NY --- November 4, 2012 ... Israel Flying Aid, the Israeli
global humanitarian organization which was first to land in Haiti
following the 2010 earthquake, has been distributing large supplies
of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane
have many years of disaster relief experience," said Israel
Flying Aid North American Operations Manager Moti
"Israel Flying Aid, in having Israelis on the ground here
in New York and New Jersey, have made Israel the only foreign
nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this
disaster. We are working in coordination with FEMA, local police,
the American Red Cross and Jewish communities in New York, New
Jersey and Connecticut."
said that most of the efforts had been donated by Israelis living
in the US and this enabled gas to be distributed to hospitals
in New York and New Jersey.
Flying Aid is one of several Israeli organizations that operate
its creation in 2001, IsraAID has coordinated and facilitated
aid programs all over the world, notably: relief to cyclone victims
in Myanmar, long term aid programs for starving communities in
Malawi, rehabilitation and relief in South East Asia following
the devastating tsunami, psycho-social programs for Darfur refugees
on the Chad-Sudan border, and aid to Somali war refugees in Kenya,
as well as many more.
Leyden, who served as an Israel
Humanitarian Aid Operations and Communications Specialist
with the IFA in Haiti, has been working with several US governmental,
Jewish and Israeli organizations including the Greater Hartford
Jewish Community to distribute both food and generators on Long
had a convoy of food and generators move out of the Greater Hartford
area early yesterday morning," said Leyden.
Aid and Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, Ct. volunteers prepare
emergency food convoy for first responders and Hurricane Sandy
victims in New York.
Photo: Jennifer McCann / INA
food had been donated by Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts in the
Hartford, Manchester Connecticut area. This food was distributed
to hurricane victims on the south shore of Long Island, the Nassau
County Police, the Freeport Fire Department and the Red Cross
Shelter which is set up at Nassau Community College."
said that when they spotted hundreds of people lined up at gas
stations to pour gas into their containers, they would get out
of their cars and feed these people as they waited. The donuts
and bread created smiles and positive moods which replaced the
trauma of suffering in the dark and cold, he said.
are so very proud to see you, to welcome you to New York,"
said Dr. Jason Mallin, who normally practices neurology at North
Shore University Hospital but was now volunteering with the Nassau
County Department of Health. "We read about Israel and the
great work you did in Haiti. We have thousands here that need
you. It's awesome that you are here!"
Duarte, a Red Cross volunteer from California who was supervising
the Long Island shelter, hugged the Israel Flying Aid team as
had some bad press as a result of misunderstandings," said
Duarte. People in Staten Island, New York were looking for us
but due to a New York State law, we could not start operations
until after three days. We are now operating at full capacity
throughout New York City and this Red Cross shelter at Nassau
Community College with over 900 clients. These people have lost
their homes. Lost everything. We are here for them and so very
pleased to receive your good help."
who hadn't slept in three days, had coordinated a first class
shelter and his staff could not have been more professional. Sleeping
cots, Red Cross blankets, a cafeteria and even a play area for
children had been carefully put into place. The fresh food from
Israel Flying Aid was served as part of the dinner that evening.
storm Hurricane Sandy, which was also referred to as Frankenstorm
as it became one huge storm from three separate systems, slammed
New York, New Jersey and the southern Connecticut shore with 100
mph winds. The devastation was historic as over 100 people perished,
thousands of homes were destroyed and millions were left without
Israelis, we know how to react to such disasters," said Kahana.
are trained in the military to be prepared and ready at a moment's
notice. This edge is what enables us to go places where others
don't and get the job done with little or no bureaucracy. We are
proud to help the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut communities,
people who have provided assistance to Israel throughout the years.
What we critically need now is donations for our staff and volunteers
to continue their life saving efforts as temperatures drop and
people critically need generators and fuel for heat."
Flying Aid, which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization
that assists global communities after earthquakes and other natural
and man made disasters, have saved lives in Japan, Haiti, Iraq,
Turkey, South Sudan and the US after Hurricane Katrina.
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