Red Cross, volunteers helping Bucks Co community

November 2, 2012 11:31:09 AM PDT
Today marks the fifth day that The American Red Cross shelter has been open outside of the Palisades High School in Kintnersville, Bucks County.

At the shelter are shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and coolers for residents for residents in an area that was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Downed trees knocked out power to many homes, so the shelter if handing out flashlights, and to help aid in the cleanup effort, The Red Cross is also supplying residents with trash bags and cleaning kits.

The shelter is staffed by The American Red Cross, school district employees and volunteers from the neighborhood.

Bridget O'Connell, the Superintendent of the Palisades School District, explained what's happening inside the high school, saying, "The Red Cross has been opening as a shelter since Sunday evening. Yesterday alone we had 976 folks through for showers, for meals - a place to come together as a community. St. Luke's Lutheran Church has been providing meals. The Red Cross has been providing meals. Palisades, our students have been phenomenal - community resources have been phenomenal."

Dave Schrader of The American Red Cross tells Action News, "The two things the Red Cross needs most right now are financial donations and volunteers. You can do both by going to or calling 215-299-4000 or texting REDCROSS ... to 90999. Those are the two things we still need. We need volunteers for several days and probably several weeks to come to help with this operation, not only here but potentially in New York and upstate New Jersey."

Officials are hoping they will have power back on by Saturday. In the meantime, the shelter is remaining open around the clock, as people need it, outside the Palisades High School.

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