Emerald City Pizza, a franchise of Pizza Hut with 108 Northwest Pizza Hut restaurants has donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Fifty percent of every pizza sold for two days in April was donated. The gift to the Fund enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
The donation was presented at the Darrington Community Center and the gift comes in the wake of two recent natural disasters in Washington State: the Highway 530 landslide and the Washington Wildfires. Terry Hopkins, CEO, Emerald City Pizza, LLC., Chuck Morrison, Executive Director, Northwest Washington Region, and Diane Boyd, president of the Darrington Community Center were present, along with Alan Pickard and Marree Perrault of North County Family Services.
“This year like few others in Washington State, the toll on people in small, rural communities is profound,” said Chuck Morrison, Executive Director, Northwest Washington Region. “We are grateful for supporters of the Disaster Relief Fund, for when a crisis hits, it allows us to put resources where they are needed most.”
Working together with community leaders and residents in disaster-affected communities, the Red Cross mounted a large-scale emergency response and a long-term recovery plan. Given the many natural disaster risks in the region—wildfires, flooding, landslides, and earthquakes—the Red Cross needs ongoing support to provide people with help when they need it most.
"Me, along with my family and our employees, we are people who live in the community, but you are the ones on the front lines," said Terry Hopkins, CEO, Emerald City Pizza, LLC, "and you can't put a price tag on that."