After Sandy, Government, People, and Helping Hands worked together in the Bronx.
Government officials and civic organizations are united in hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the Bronx on Sunday, November 11, 2012. tTurkish community in New York joined Assembly Member Eric Stevenson’s recovery efforts at the Salvation Army Franklyn Women’s Shelter in the Bronx. Congressman Jose E. Serrano, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer were some of the elected officials to oversee the relief efforts.
Major James E. Foley, Divisional Social Ministries Secretary of the Salvation Army informed the officials and community leaders about the residents and their needs in the Army’s Franklyn Women’s Shelter. Major Foley said that 200 women residents live in the shelter and after hurricane Sandy; they opened doors to victims where hundreds of victims were evacuated in their enrichment facility. He thanked all participants for their selfless donations and volunteering at the shelter. “People need food, but they need to speak with the people, community leaders, and officials. This is very special to them.”
Congressman Serrano said: “I am happy to see that people, civic organizations and government officials are working together to help people in need after the hurricane. I am confident that we can overcome this.” He congratulated the Turkish American community for their efforts here today and other parts of New York City. “Turkey and the US are two good friends and I am happy to learn that Turkey and its people are contributing financially to the New Yorkers” he continued.
Manhattan BP Scott Stringer talked with the hurricane victims at the Salvation Army Franklyn Women’s Shelter. People expressed their devastation and survival stories with BP Stringer. A Resident from Far Rockaway said that they saved the lives of a Jewish family of three when flooding was in the streets. BP Stringer thanked the resident for their noble act for saving the lives of New Yorkers.
BP Stringer also expressed his appreciation to the Turkish American community in reaching out to the New Yorkers in need in all five boroughs.
The Pakistani community in the Bronx also contributed to the recovery efforts. Consul General of Pakistan, Faqir Syed Asif Hussain united with their community in the Bronx. He supported the food distributions and spoke with the victims. He said: “This is the time when we should unite under humanity; we should help one another in these difficult times. I am happy to see that the Pakistani community is helping the victims of Sandy here in the Bronx.”