American Red Cross receives $100,000 donation from Reynolds American Foundation

WINSTON SALEM — The American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region has received a $100,000 donation from Reynolds American Foundation to support individuals and families affected by the torrential rains that flooded South Carolina.

Rising waters damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving thousands without power. Hundreds more were forced to evacuate their residences, and entire communities were cut off from the outside world due to damaged roads and bridges.

“Recovering from a disaster takes time and this contribution will allow the Red Cross to remain on the ground in affected areas,” said John Hughes, executive director for the American Red Cross Piedmont Triad Chapter. “We will continue to work with flood survivors across South Carolina as the waters recede and residents turn their efforts toward the daunting challenges of cleanup and recovery in the weeks and months ahead.”

As of Oct. 27, the American Red Cross response in South Carolina has included:

• Serving more than 154,000 meals and snacks;

• Providing more than 4,500 overnight shelter stays;

• Distributing more than 181,000 relief items;

• Mobilizing more than 1,700 workers and volunteers;

• Providing 6,600 health and mental health services and

• Opening more than 1,500 cases for affected families.

The Red Cross must be ready for every disaster, big or small. Those in need turn to the Red Cross in their darkest hours because they know they can depend on them right after the disaster and through their recovery. The Red Cross officials expressed their thanks to Reynolds American Foundation as their donation helps the Red Cross fulfill this promise.

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