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National Grid recognized for contribution to American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program

by jmaloni

Press release

Fri, Jun 7th 2013 04:00 pm

Assistance critical to enabling Red Cross to respond to disasters in the U.S.

The American Red Cross has recognized National Grid, a local energy company with significant operations in New York, for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program.

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.

"Thanks to the support of National Grid and other companies and foundations, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster in the United States," said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. "Members of this program generously help create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims."

"National Grid is proud to partner with The American Red Cross and other partners to support the vital services they provide in times of crises," said Ken Daly, president, National Grid New York. "As a local gas and electric company, we join the Red Cross and the teams of first responders when disaster strikes. Our employees have worked side by side with Red Cross volunteers during disasters such as those brought on by Hurricane Sandy, so we know and appreciate all they do to bring relief when our customers and communities need it most. This is a partnership that helps protect and save lives."

"The generous donations from Annual Disaster Giving Program members help the Red Cross assist disaster survivors and support volunteers who work tirelessly at the disaster scene," said Neal Litvack, Red Cross chief development officer. "All money donated by the program members and by the general public is essential to our ability to fulfill the mission of the Red Cross."

Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include major leading companies such as 3M; Altria Group; Aon; Bank of America; BNY Mellon; Briggs & Stratton Corp.; Caterpillar Inc.; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Community Safety Foundation funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange; ConAgra Foods Foundation; Costco Wholesale Corp.; Darden Restaurants Inc.; Dell Inc.; Discover; Disney; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; Edison International; FedEx Corp., GE Foundation; Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation; The Home Depot Foundation; Humble Bundle; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Kraft Foods Group; Lowe's Companies Inc.; Merck Co. Foundation; Mondelēz International; Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Northrop Grumman; Optum; PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; State Farm; State Street; Target; Texas Instruments; The TJX Companies Inc.; UnitedHealthcare; University of Phoenix; UPS; US Airways; Walmart; WellPoint Foundation and Wells Fargo.

People can join the Annual Disaster Giving Program members in supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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