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Posted on 11/05/2012 5:57:12 PM PST by IsraelBeach
Israel Flying Aid Gives Food, Generators, Gas To Hurricane Sandy New York, New Jersey Victims
Roger Parrott, Jacob Parrott and Joel Leyden deliver a generator and gas to a Hurricane Sandy New York victim. Photo: Rebecca McCann / INA
By Karen Levy
Israel News Agency
New York, NY --- November 4, 2012 ... Israel Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization which was first to land in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, has been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims.
"We have many years of disaster relief experience," said Israel Flying Aid North American Operations Manager Moti Kahana.
"Israel Flying Aid, in having Israelis on the ground here in New York and New Jersey, have made Israel the only foreign nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster. We are working in coordination with FEMA, local police, the American Red Cross and Jewish communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut."
Kahana said that most of the efforts had been donated by Israelis living in the US and this enabled gas to be distributed to hospitals in New York and New Jersey.
Joel Leyden, an Israel Flying Aid Operations Specialist who was with the IFA in Haiti, has been working with the Greater Hartford Jewish Community to distribute both food and generators on Long Island.
"We had a convoy of food and generators move out of the Greater Hartford area early yesterday morning," said Leyden.
Israel Flying Aid and Temple Beth Hillel of South Windsor, Ct. volunteers prepare an emergency food convoy for first responders and Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. Photo: Jennifer McCann / INA
"The food had been donated by Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts in the Hartford, Manchester Connecticut area. This food was distributed to hurricane victims on the south shore of Long Island, the Nassau County Police, the Freeport Fire Department and the Red Cross Shelter which is set up at Nassau Community College."
Leyden said that when they spotted hundreds of people lined up at gas stations to pour gas into their containers, they would get out of their cars and feed these people as they waited. The donuts and bread created smiles and positive moods which replaced the trauma of suffering in the dark and cold, he said.
"We are so very proud to see you, to welcome you to New York," said Dr. Jason Mallin, who normally practices neurology at North Shore University Hospital but was now volunteering with the Nassau County Department of Health. "We read about Israel and the great work you did in Haiti. We have thousands here that need you. It's awesome that you are here!"
Michael Duarte, a Red Cross volunteer from California who was supervising the Long Island shelter, hugged the Israel Flying Aid team as they arrived.
"We had some bad press as a result of misunderstandings," said Duarte. People in Staten Island, New York were looking for us but due to a New York State law, we could not start operations until after three days. We are now operating at full capacity throughout New York City and this Red Cross shelter at Nassau Community College with over 900 clients. These people have lost their homes. Lost everything. We are here for them and so very pleased to receive your good help."
Duarte, who hadn't slept in three days, had coordinated a first class shelter and his staff could not have been more professional. Sleeping cots, Red Cross blankets, a cafeteria and even a play area for children had been carefully put into place. The fresh food from Israel Flying Aid was served as part of the dinner that evening.
Super storm Hurricane Sandy, which was also referred to as Frankenstorm as it became one huge storm from three separate systems, slammed New York, New Jersey and the southern Connecticut shore with 100 mph winds. The devastation was historic as over 100 people perished, thousands of homes were destroyed and millions were left without electricity.
"As Israelis, we know how to react to such disasters," said Kahana.
"We are trained in the military to be prepared and ready at a moment's notice. This edge is what enables us to go places where others don't and get the job done with little or no bureaucracy. We are proud to help the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut communities, people who have provided assistance to Israel throughout the years. What we critically need now is donations for our staff and volunteers to continue their life saving efforts as temperatures drop and people critically need generators and fuel for heat."
Israel Flying Aid, which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that assists global communities after earthquakes and other natural and man made disasters, have saved lives in Japan, Haiti, Iraq, Turkey, South Sudan and the US after Hurricane Katrina.
Israel Flying Aid is requesting that all emergency donations be sent to: P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds Inc., 317 Madison Avenue, Suite 607, New York, NY 10017.
Any moment I’m sure the Palestinians relief contingent will arrive...
Are there still generators sitting in Central Park along with all that water?
And this came all the way from Israel!
Beat me to it. Major fail, Bloomie.
As badly as our usurper has treated Israel and they are the only ones who have stepped up to the plate. Thank you very much, Israel.
People in Staten Island, New York were looking for us but due to a New York State law, we could not start operations until after three days.
For that matter, will the gubermint ever be a friend to its subjects?
God bless Israel.
Quicker getting relief supplies from Israel on the other side of the Planet, than from Fema’s “pre-stocked warehouses” in the same State.
Yeah, Democrats in Action, see them snore...
LOL ... Israel doing more for New Yorkers then the dems in our own country
welcome to how dems do things.
shoddy, haphazard, and prone to failure
God Bless and Protect Israel.... but its no surprise... that’s the goodness of the Israeli people.
That’s great news, sure beats the hell out of waiting for Bozo’s like Schumer and Doomberg. Take a moment and just imagine an event talking place that totally shuts down an entire region in this country. FEMA and all the BS talking politicains will be utterly useless. Prepare yourself and family, the goverment will be the last in and the first out.
Surprised the unions didn’t attack them.
Would not be surprised if there are a few IDF or even Moussad Agents covertly among the “Relief” Workers. They knew where they were going and just what they are getting in to.
The union thugs and gang bangers will do well to give them a real good leavin’ alone. I expect that they will, too.
Israel is showing us that they are our friend and that liberals - regardless of party - are useless in the face of a disaster.
The union thugs turned away other lineworkers from Alabama and a load of transformers from out of state. They were saying that these people who were trying to help people in a disaster area, and had driven so far on there own dime were taking food out of their children’s mouths.
I wonder how much stuff in the pres -stocked FEMA warehouse has been stolen before the storm.
The Israeli’s can get stuff from Tel Aviv to Staten Island faster than the U.S govt. can get blankets,generators,hot coffee & donuts to Staten Island ??? WTF is FEMA doing playing with their privates???
Gees what a goatroping clusterf*ck FEMA is turning out to be.
...Israel the only foreign nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster.Quick, someone, think of some grounds to criticize this!
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