Long after the devastation by Hurricane Sandy had faded from national news, the need for aid remained. AIM Member Jessica Danchik, along with Crisis Response International (CRI), continued to meet that need.
Jessica and her family (husband Jordan and two-year-old son J.J.) have served with Crisis Response since 2011. Before arriving in the New York area to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief, the Danchiks previously responded to the Japan tsunami/earthquake, the flooding and typhoon in the Philippines and Israel's eight-day conflict.
"We have always desired to help people," Jessica said. "After hearing CRI's vision for disaster relief, we were hooked. We knew that this is what our next step in life would be. We left our jobs and our lives in Orange County, California and stepped out in faith, volunteering full time with this ministry."
Crisis Response is currently serving in Lindenhurst, New York, a town on Long Island that was among one of the most affected areas during Hurricane Sandy. The Crisis Response team, which has been on the scene since day one, has helped to gut, restore and rebuild homes. They also provided physical, emotional and spiritual support to those affected by the hurricane.
"Most organizations have left," Jessica said, "but we have dug our heels in and plan to help these people get back on their feet."
Part of Jessica's job in Lindenhurst is to help oversee the kitchen. Since meals are acquired through donations, there is seldom a consistent supply of healthy, fresh foods.
This lack of nutrition is a problem that Jessica hopes to solve through healthy AIM supplements. She and her family regularly take the Daily Essentials - BarleyLife®, Herbal Fiberblend® and AIMega® - plus Para 90®. These products have helped keep them healthy throughout their journeys and Jessica is confident nutrition from The AIM Companies™ can positively impact her fellow CRI workers and the people they serve.
To help meet the nutrition need in Lindenhurst, The AIM Companies™ donated BarleyLife®, Herbal Fiberblend® and Peak Endurance®.
"We have helped some of the victims of Hurricane Sandy become aware of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. It not only affects you physically, but mentally and emotionally, too," Jessica said. "This has been such a great feeling to get people back on their feet physically, helping them through tragedy of loss, and also being able to guide them to living a healthy lifestyle."