The Pacific Gas and Electric Company has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast to support recent Chimney Fire relief efforts. The fire burned over 46,000 acres and destroyed or damaged nearly 80 buildings. In response, the local Red Cross opened an emergency shelter which housed residents for more than 90 overnight shelter stays, served nearly 1,300 meals and snacks in partnership with the Salvation Army, and distributed 178 recovery items such as clean-up supplies.
“The Red Cross Chimney Fire response was one of our largest in recent years, with volunteers working around the clock,” said Red Cross Chief Development Officer, Loren Leidinger-Avila, “We rely on the generosity of donors like PG&E in order to provide relief and comfort to families facing disaster, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
PG&E has been a Red Cross partner in preparedness and response for over 40 years, providing financial assistance, volunteers, and other resources to support the mission of alleviating human suffering and building community resiliency.
“We are proud of our partnership with the American Red Cross and pleased to provide this contribution, which will help with relief efforts following the Chimney Fire. Many of our employees also serve as volunteers for the America Red Cross, including the Central California Region, and they are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and serve,” said Ed Halpin, PG&E Senior Vice President, Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer.
September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross along with PG&E urges California residents to get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. Visit redcross.org/prepare to learn how your family can be ready for any emergency, big or small.
The Red Cross is only able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community and partners like PG&E. Visit redcross.org to make an online donation to your local chapter.
About the American Red Cross Central California Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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. The American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.