As Sandy recovery continues, Kansas City's volunteer presence still felt on East Coast

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 10 weeks after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast, Kansas City volunteers are still helping areas impacted by the storm.

According to the American Red Cross, 83 responders from the Kansas City region have filled 102 assignments since Sandy hit.

Sandy claimed nearly 200 lives as it moved from the Caribbean into the United States and even into Canada.

Six responders from Kansas City remain in the northeast, assisting with meals, food banks, home repairs and other services.

To date, the Red Cross nationally has assisted with 10.5 million meals and snacks, provided 6.9 million relief items, made 108,000 health service and emotional support contacts and housed more than 81,000 shelter stays.

The Red Cross has sent more than 16,500 workers – about 90% of which are volunteers – to the areas hardest hit by Sandy. About 1,000 remained this week, according to the Kansas City chapter.

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