As a part of 92.3 NOW’s Help New York NOW/CBS Cares campaign in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the NOW Entourage took to the streets to help out fellow New Yorkers who were tragically effected by the storm.
The team made their way through the five boroughs stopping in areas that suffered devastation and left residents hungry and homeless.
We began collecting donations such as canned foods, bottled water, diapers, blankets, baby food and clothing in Brooklyn. Next we made our way to Staten Island where we helped the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) distribute supplies to communities along the coast that were completely destroyed.
Boats from the nearby marina were swept up into streets damaging homes. In most cases, only the remains of what used to be a house could be recognized among the rubble scattered on the ground.
Then we headed to The Resorts World Casino in Queens to help the Red Cross and FEMA yet again collect and distribute nonperishable goods.
[PHOTOS] Queens Gets A Visit & Some Supplies
Among the items that we handed-out to Sandy’s victims were Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) which the U.S. Military contributed. MREs are self contained rations of sealed food that are commonly used by the military during combat when a food facility is unavailable.
Ty Bentli, Lulu and Lala from the “TY Loves NY” morning show lent us a hand in figuring out how exactly to assemble an MRE… And of course, how it tastes!
The MREs contain a box of vegetable lasagna that cooks once placed in the flameless ration heater with some good ol’ H2O, vegetable crackers, a packet of grape jelly, a packet of strawberry jam and for dessert an actual Kellogg’s Pop-Tart and a Tootsie Roll. This whole meal adds up to 1060 calories!
This is a high calorie count for just one meal, but MREs are meant to give the person enough energy to survive a few days.
The NOW entourage is still prowling the streets of NY to help those in need. Catch the team at their next location in Garden State Plaza from 11am – 4pm on Wednesday November 7.
-Maria Bonello, 92.3 NOW/NYC
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