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Red Cross continues recovery efforts; thanks donors

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PLEASANTVILLE -

A wall covered with some of the donations received since Hurricane Sandy was on display as the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter provided an update three months after Hurricane Sandy.

"Tonight's event is designed to thank our donors for their generosity and to give them a three month update as we move so rapidly into the recovery phase," said Executive Director of the Southern Shore Chapter Carol Cohen.

Red Cross officials say the funds will now transition towards helping individual family needs in addition to the fires and other disasters that may occur in the area.

Representatives from Spencer's, who donated nearly $44,000, are happy to see their donations have been put to good use.

"Its gratifying to know our dollars are going to work for a good cause and rebuilding and helping people get back to where they were before Sandy," said Spencer's Director of Corporate Administration Rick Tereo.

Other donors in attendance witnessed their money in action in the days following Sandy.

"They gave out a lot of blankets and things that were necessary for people to get back on their feet so I know they're doing a fabulous job," said Carla Davis-Smith from the Atlantic City Board of Education.

In total, the Red Cross says it received 254 million in donations since Hurricane Sandy and as of January 31st, 145 million of that money has gone to the relief effort.

"A lot of what we're doing just wouldn't have ever got done without that magnanimous response so the fact that people are coming and continuing to support us in various ways is really heartwarming," said Cohen.

The rest of the money is now being used to help the long-term recovery of families still struggling almost four months after the storm.

Red Cross officials say the recovery effort is a marathon, not a sprint, and the continued support of the Red Cross is something donors are willing to give.

"You never know when your going to be the one that they're helping so it's a great organization and people should continue to help," said Davis-Smith.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Red Cross' recovery effort or donating, click here.

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