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Big Y Donates $30,000 to American Red Cross Louisiana Flooding Disaster Relief

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter

Big Y World Class Markets collected donations from customers and employees from August 28 - September 11 for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in response to the Louisiana Flooding.

Community and employee donations along with additional support from Big Y resulted in a donation of $30,000 which will be donated to both Massachusetts and Connecticut American Red Cross Chapters in support of the ongoing relief efforts in the devastated communities and the many people affected by the disaster.

A formal check presentation to the Connecticut American Red Cross was held on Wednesday, September 28 2016 at the Rocky Hill Big Y World Class Market. Bill Cady, Produce Manager and Aileen St. Laurent, Employee Services Representative of Big Y Foods presented the contribution to Richard Branigan, Chief Administrative Officer, Jackie Scheib, Board of Directors, and Liz Fongemie, Director of Resource Development & Corporate Partnerships of the Connecticut & Rhode Island American Red Cross Chapter.

This year, the Red Cross has helped provide relief and aid to thousands of people around the country devastated by floods and wildfires. Following this series of disasters in Texas, West Virginia and California, the devastating floods occurred in Louisiana and affected an estimated 120,000 homes. The Red Cross continues its massive disaster response in Louisiana, providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people.

Big Y, its customers and employees have a strong tradition of supporting those in need through the American Red Cross. Past relief campaigns include the 2004 Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in both Japan and Haiti. The 10-plus-year partnership has raised over a million dollars $475,000 to support both international and domestic disasters.

For additional Big Y information, please contact Claire D’Amour-Daley at (413) 504-4004. For information about the Red Cross response in Louisiana, please visit:

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 join our blog at