Photo: Hometown Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik (right) and Vice President of Communication Joe Klimavich present a check to Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer Lisa Piehler.
November 26, 2012- Representatives from Hometown Bank presented a check for $3,000 to the American Red Cross of Central MA for Sandy relief on Tuesday, November 20. The company was moved to action by the extensive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and the massive relief operation launched by the American Red Cross. Hometown Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said the money was raised in one day with donations from employees and directors, and matching funds from the bank. “We wanted to do something in support of our neighbors affected by the storm in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey,” he said. “You never know. The next time around, the shoe could be on the other foot.”
“We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for this kind donation,” said Lisa Piehler, Red Cross of Central and Western MA CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of Hometown Bank and other community partners, the Red Cross has been able to help people since before Sandy made landfall, and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet.”
This is likely to be the largest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years. Nearly 5,100 Red Cross workers are supporting shelters and providing meals and supplies at fixed sites and driving through neighborhoods. Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has—
· Served 6.6 million meals and snacks
· Distributed 3.9 million relief items, such as hygiene items, cleaning supplies, flashlights, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks, work gloves and cold weather items
· Provided more than 77,000 overnight shelter stays
· Made more than 77,000 health services and emotional support contacts
· Mobilized more than 10,500 trained workers from all 50 states; about 90 percent of these workers are volunteers
While the local community wasn’t affected heavily by Sandy, many local people have volunteered in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The Red Cross sent over 50 volunteers on one to three day assignments to Connecticut to assist with damage assessment. There are also several staff and volunteers in New York and New Jersey on long term assignments (2-3 weeks) assisting with sheltering, government relations and client casework. More than 20 staff and volunteers deployed to NY and NJ on long term assignments. Many have returned following two week deployments.
About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcrosscwm.org or join our blogat http://masslive.com/red-cross-connectionorhttp://americanredcrossofcentralma.wordpress.com/
Photo Cutline:Hometown Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik (right) and Vice President of Communication Joe Klimavich present a check to Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer Lisa Piehler.