Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Press Release
For Immediate Release
Gathering Love for Hurricane Sandy Victims
To better serve communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, Tzu Chi USA Headquarters will be holding fundraising eventsthroughout Southern California on the weekend of November 10-11.Tzu Chi encourages the community’s participation and support.
Since it first made landfall on October 29, Hurricane Sandy has devastated the Northeast.The U.S. death toll has now risen over 113,and more than one millionremain without power after a full week.Many victims have lost their homes,left stranded as winter temperatures approach freezing.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers in New York quickly started distributing hot food on October 30. In the first week alone, more than 4570 vegetarian meals and 754 blankets were provided for over 4235 hurricane survivors and disaster relief personnel. Even with no electricity, Tzu Chi volunteers havemanaged to provide aid to those stranded in the cold.
In order to help disaster survivorsget back on their feet, Tzu Chi has set up disaster response centers in New York and New Jersey regional offices to respond to the immediate needs of food, water, and shelter. Emergency funds, in the form of prepaid debit cards, will also be issued for families with immediate needs. Tzu Chi Global Headquarters has already provided3000 pounds of instant riceand 10,000 disaster relief blankets, thanks to free air shipping provided by EVAAir and China Airlines.
Victims of Hurricane Sandy may apply for federal aid on www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those affected by the disaster are also encouraged to contact Tzu Chi Headquarters or their local office to inquire about available services in their area.
Dharma Master Cheng Yen has always said that hope for humanity lies in people helping each other. When blessed with a stable life, it is important to share kind thoughts with those who are less fortunate. In addition to community fundraising at various 99 Ranch Markets as well othergenerousbusiness supporters for Hurricane Sandy, Tzu Chi accepts checks, credit cards, and online donations. Please make checks payable to Tzu Chi and mail to the nearest local Tzu Chi Office,orvisitwww.us.tzuchi.org or call 1.888.989.8244 (9am-6pm PST) to donate with a credit card. Your donation is tax deductible in the United States. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation's Tax ID # is 94-2952782.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
150 Commerce Rd
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Northeast Regional Office
137-77 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354
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1100 S. Valley Center Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773