Corporate partners support the Red Cross in western New York

Mon, Jan 16, 2023 11:40 am

Gifts help ensure the Red Cross has resources to respond to community disasters

Submitted by the American Red Cross

After a storm of historic proportions that shook the western New York area — which resulted in tragic loss of dozens of lives, widespread power outages, and even the halting of emergency travel — several area businesses have lavished themselves with significant gifts to the American reported Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which helps the Red Cross respond immediately to community disasters such as Winter Storm Elliott.

Organizations supporting disaster relief and preparedness through their support of the Red Cross include:

√ M&T Bank ($100,000)

√ Constellation Tokens ($60,000)

√ National Network ($50,000)

“As an organization committed to our mission to alleviate suffering in times of disaster, we must be prepared to respond in a timely manner to any community emergency,” said Nick Bond, regional CEO of the West New Red Cross York. “Even before Winter Storm Elliott hit, we had trailers with essential supplies placed at strategic locations in the greater Buffalo area. This enabled us to quickly share equipment such as cots, blankets and comfort kits with our government partners who opened thermal shelters for those in need.

“Fortunately, because of the commitment to the community from our generous corporate partners such as M&T Bank, Constellation Brands and National Grid, we are able to respond immediately and open shelters to accommodate and feed those experiencing storms such as the great snowstorm we just dispelled, as well as Distributing emergency supplies to others in need or serving communities opening warm centers. We simply could not carry out our mission-oriented work without the support of generous community partners who allow us to be ready to provide immediate service to our community.”

In addition to protection efforts and winter storm supplies distribution during the snowstorm, the Red Cross also continued its ongoing support for individuals and families affected by home fires and other personal disasters. From December 23-30 alone, the Red Cross responded to 71 disaster events in the western New York area, providing immediate comfort and relief to our neighbors in need.

Due to the severity of Winter Storm Elliott, the Red Cross is still helping the community recover. The storm, which brought freezing temperatures, destructive winds and over 4 feet of snow to the area – leaving many people trapped in their vehicles and homes, as well as widespread power outages and dangerous travel conditions – sadly resulted in approximately 40 local residents in the area lived lose their lives.

The Red Cross is working to help families who have lost a loved one to the direct effects of the storm by:

√ Immediate financial assistance and caseworkers who can help find other available resources within the community who can provide additional support.

√ Providing psychiatric services and spiritual support to individuals and families who have experienced loss. Red Cross Integrated Care Condolence Teams are compassionate, highly trained professionals who respond to mass casualty disasters and are trained to provide resources our clients often need in the aftermath of disasters, including enhanced psychological first aid, crisis intervention and condolence accompaniment.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food, and emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or follow us on Twitter @Red Cross.

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