Big Y just made a big donation.
Big Y World Class Markets collected donations from customers and employees between Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 for American Red Cross Disaster Relief, in response to Typhoon Haiyan and the massive destruction it caused in the Philippines and portions of Southeast Asia.
Community and employee donations, along with additional support from Big Y, resulted in a donation of $40,000, 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 Massachusetts American Red Cross was held on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at the West Springfield Big Y World Class Market. Donald D’Amour, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Charles D’Amour President and Chief Operating Officer of Big Y Foods and Mike Messer, Store Director, West Springfield Big Y World Class Market, presented the contribution to Rick Lee, Executive Director of the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter.
“The D’Amour family, Big Y, and its customers have been among the very first in our community to step up to help those in need when disaster strikes, whether the need is a local fire, a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma or a catastrophic storm in the Philippines,” Lee said. “We are grateful for their compassionate response and continued generous support.”
More than one month after Typhoon Haiyan, the Red Cross continues to deliver relief supplies and humanitarian assistance to hard hit communities in the Philippines. The American Red Cross has already committed $16 million to the response for Typhoon Haiyan and is deploying 11 more American Red Cross disaster specialists, in addition to the 13 who have already been deployed in support of global Red Cross efforts.