You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation supports Red Cross

image
We are aware of the hardship suffered by thousands of people that were affected by Superstorm Sandy

The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation (HRBT) recently gave $10,000 to the American Red Cross (ARC) in support of its ongoing disaster relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

"We are aware of the hardship suffered by thousands of people that were affected by Superstorm Sandy," said Carl A. Florio, Director for The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation. "We make this gift to support the efforts and dedication that the American Red Cross has exhibited in the face of the damages caused by Sandy."

"With the help of community partners like HRBT, the Red Cross can continue to deliver its services to those affected by Superstorm Sandy," said Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNENY). "Our volunteers are still on the ground - operating shelters and providing food and comfort to thousands of people."

Since 1999, the Foundation has been giving ARCNENY an annual grant to assist with disaster relief and preparedness efforts.

The Red Cross has been helping 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 biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years, and they have mobilized the full resources of the organization across the country to get help to people.

  • An extensive feeding operation continues in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention. So far, more than 7.4 million meals and snacks have been served.
  • Red Cross volunteers are driving through neighborhoods to hand out water, food and relief supplies in more than 300 feeding trucks, as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles.
  • Since the response began almost a month ago, the Red Cross has handed out more than 5.2 million relief items, including cold weather items and clean-up supplies.
  • Since Sandy hit, organizations have provided more than 150,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 77,400 of those stays.
  • The Red Cross has provided more than 86,000 health services and emotional support contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions.
  • Right now, nearly 6,300 Red Cross workers are supporting shelters, providing food and water at fixed sites, and driving through neighborhoods to distribute meals and supplies. About 90 percent of these workers are volunteers from all over the country.
  • To date, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 14,000 trained workers to help people affected by Sandy
  • About the HRBT Foundation: The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation provides funding to support charitable causes and community developments in Columbia County. While the Foundation is open to considering any worthy project that meets its basic guidelines, it concentrates its grant-making in the following areas: Health Care; Community Development; Education and Youth; Arts and Culture; Historic Preservation and Environmental Protection.