In the wake of the devastating flooding that struck Louisiana, CVS Health has made a significant in kind donation of goods to the American Red Cross to help those impacted by the flooding.
CVS Health’s donation of snacks, basic hygiene items, and first aid kits were are being provided by the Red Cross to residents of Louisiana who are in the process of recovering from the floods.
Last month, historic floodwaters destroyed entire neighborhoods in Louisiana. Thousands of residents were impacted and the American Red Cross has been there, making sure people get the help they need. The unnamed storm, which deluged Louisiana with nearly 7 trillion gallons of rain, is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
“We are incredibly grateful to CVS Health for this support,” said Tempie Thompson, Executive Director, American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter. “When disasters strike, the Red Cross is there to provide comfort, support, hope and resources to help people begin their road to recovery. It’s the generous donations of companies like CVS Health and individuals in our region and across the country that enable us to help people in need.”
"We know that so many people were affected by the catastrophic floods last month in Louisiana, including our customers and colleagues," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health. "We're committed to supporting the local communities as they work to rebuild and partnering with organizations like the American Red Cross that are providing critical services and resources to those who need them most."
In the last month, more than 4,200 Red Crossers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 60 from Connecticut and Rhode Island, traveled to Louisiana, where they have worked around the clock to help people affected by the flooding. Over 90 percent of these trained disaster workers are volunteers. As of September 9, the Red Cross and partners have:
• Served 1,050,000 meals and snacks in Louisiana
• Provided more than 73,000 overnight stays in shelters. Shelters are still open and 850 people spent Thursday night in 9 Red Cross and community shelters
• Distributed more than 683,000 relief items
• Handled more than 35,000 calls from people needing help
• Provided more than 35,000 health services and emotional support contacts
HOW TO HELP
You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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.