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Red Cross partner Lenovo donates laptops to support disaster response

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RALEIGH, Sept. 7, 2016 — When disaster strikes in different parts of the country or the world, American Red Cross responds and it also relies on its partners to help support the affected areas.  

In the recent flooding in Louisiana, Lenovo, a long-standing partner of Red Cross and a global tech giant - world’s largest computer maker - is working alongside the American National Red Cross to support technology needs during disaster response.

The company, which has headquarters in Morrisville, N.C., recently donated 50 laptops to aid disaster response capabilities.  The computers will be rapidly deployed to disaster areas to establish technology links required for the Red Cross to assist people affected by unexpected events, flooding, wildfires, and tornadoes, among others.

“This gift is incredibly important to our work and we are grateful for Lenovo’s support,” said Ronnie Strickland, Chief Information Officer of the American Red Cross. “Because of Lenovo, we can continue to process information quickly on the scene of a disaster so that families can be helped more efficiently.” 

As a Red Cross partner, Lenovo has provided support in many different ways, including frequent blood drives since 2005, along with donating technology and financial support to aid in previous disaster responses such as Hurricane Katrina, the Midwest floods, and North Carolina and Oklahoma tornadoes.  In addition, Lenovo deploys employee volunteers to assist in relief efforts.

“Lenovo understands the significant role technology plays in responding to critical community needs, which American Red Cross successfully accomplishes on a daily basis,” said Scott Ottman, Lenovo Employees Care Campaign executive sponsor and vice president, Inside Sales & Sales Operations at Lenovo.  “Lenovo proudly supports the American Red Cross locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.” 

For more information about how you can become a Red Cross partner in Eastern North Carolina, visit redcross.org/enc, or call your local Red Cross Chapter.

PHOTO: Michael Sartain, Red Cross technical engineer, prepares Lenovo’s donated computers for use in disaster relief efforts.   

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Lenovo:

Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Lenovo’s portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. For more information, please visit lenovo.com, or join Lenovo on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter @Lenovo.