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Aetna Foundation donates $50,000 to the American Red Cross

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.
We are grateful to the Aetna Foundation for their support of our Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

Donation to support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

The Aetna Foundation has made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

People in the southeast continue to deal with the devastation from Hurricane Matthew almost a month after the storm made landfall. The American Red Cross is with them, providing food, shelter and help with recovery. Red Cross workers will support those affected for as long as help is needed.The Red Cross and partners have already served more than 1.4 million meals and snacks and provided more overnight shelter stays than after Superstorm Sandy.

“We are grateful to the Aetna Foundation for their support of our Hurricane Matthew relief efforts,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross, Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “It is because of generous donations, the Red Cross is able to continue to provide the support to those impacted by this storm. The Red Cross is there continuing to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other support to help thousands of people whose lives have been upended by this storm.”

Reports indicate more than 18,000 homes have been affected across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Since Matthew first threatened, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 6,200 disaster workers, 279 response vehicles, 25 partner-supported kitchens as well as truckloads of supplies. Overall, Red Cross and community partners have served more than 1.4 million meals and snacks, distributed 284,000 relief items, supported more than 32,000 health and mental health services and provided 102,000 shelter overnight stays.

“When natural disasters strike a community, it’s absolutely critical to deliver relief quickly to those affected,” said Sharon Ions, Corporate Relations Director for the Aetna Foundation. “But, it’s just as important to sustain this much-needed assistance over a longer term. We are proud to support such important work during this stressful, challenging time for so many.”


MAKE A DONATION The massive Red Cross relief effort in response to Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. could cost between $24 – $28 million as volunteers continue to help in the weeks ahead while residents recover from the devastation – yet, the Red Cross has raised only $8.1 million in designated donations and pledges for the response to Matthew thus far.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.