FARMINGTON, CONN., November 25, 2014 — Wells Fargo has donated $40,000 to the American Red Cross. Kent McClun, Wells Fargo Area President, Greater Connecticut, presented the check to American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region Executive Mario Bruno.
Wells Fargo is a Ready 365 Partner with the American Red Cross. The donation supports American Red Cross disaster relief services in Connecticut. Last year, the Red Cross responded to nearly 800 local disasters in Connecticut – most of them residential fires.
“When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there to provide the immediate assistance with housing, food and other emergency needs,” Bruno said. “That work is powered by volunteers and made possible by generous donations from partners like Wells Fargo.”
Kent McClun said the donation is an important part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to strong, healthy communities. “The Red Cross is a vital player in building resilient communities that are better prepared for emergencies. Our customers and the communities we serve are impacted every day by the preparedness and disaster response work of the American Red Cross.”
McClun is a Board member of the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter. “I have seen first-hand the important work the Red Cross does. This donation is a smart investment in stronger, safer communities.”
American Red Cross Ready 365 partners support the readiness and response services of the American Red Cross. Locally, the American Red Cross responded to 797 local disasters in Connecticut last year, providing immediate disaster assistance to nearly 1,200 families in the form of emergency shelter, food, clothing, children’s items and household needs. The Red Cross reached 67,426 Connecticut residents with lifesaving training in First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard training, Babysitter training, Community Disaster Education programs and more. The Connecticut Chapter provided emergency communications, counseling service and emergency financial assistance to 643 military families. And the Red Cross collected nearly 130,000 units of blood at more than 4,000 blood drives across the state.