Donations Fuel Long-Term Sandy Relief

By Kelly McCarthy

Donations Fuel Long-Term Sandy Relief

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM EDT

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Superstorm Sandy response by the American Red Cross is still going strong, largely because of donations given by residents in the Southern Tier.

Check donations were presented at Tioga Downs for more than $200,000 for the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund.

The money was raised at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs racinos through donation drives, employee donations and personal donations.

"We can only do as much as the donations allow us to do. And because the outpouring (of support) has been so incredible this time around we can do a lot more," said Rosie Taravella, Regional CEO of the Central New York American Red Cross.

The donations from Central New York during Superstorm Sandy has allowed the American Red Cross to focus more on long-term recovery needs.

"Typically the red cross is there for the first few days in providing immediate sheltering and needs of that nature but this is, because of the outpouring and the support that we've seen in this case, we are able to provide longer term support," Taravella said.

The American Red Cross focuses its long-term recovery needs on physical and mental health.

In the past three months, the Red Cross has provided more than $100,000 in health and mental health contacts to victims of Superstorm Sandy.