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Association of United Ways Donates $23K for Flood Relief in NM

Albuquerque, NM - The Association of United Ways of New Mexico has worked together to contribute $23,000 to the American Red Cross in New Mexico to assist with disaster response and recovery efforts following September’s widespread flooding in the state.

The donation is on behalf of the Members of the United Ways of New Mexico: San Juan United Way United Way of Carlsbad & South Eddy County; United Way of Central New Mexico; United Way of Chaves County; United Way of Eastern New Mexico; United Way of Lea County; United Way of Northern New Mexico; United Way of Santa Fe County and United Way of Southwest New Mexico.

“We send our deepest sympathy to everyone affected by these devastating floods,” said Linda Mickey, Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the United Ways of New Mexico and Executive Director for the San Juan United Way. “Our thoughts are with the people of New Mexico as they recover and rebuild.”

“United Ways are committed to supporting the relief efforts of the Red Cross. The Red Cross has responded to local flood related needs in many areas of New Mexico by providing immediate assistance with shelter, food and disaster relief,” said Ms. Mickey. “Members of the Association of United Ways in New Mexico worked with their respective local Boards of Directors in order to make this support possible.

United Way is a long-time supporter of the national and local chapters of the American Red Cross. “Red Cross is committed to serving those affected by disaster, and we are fortunate to have partners like United Way in our communities,” said Rahim Balsara, CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico. “We sincerely thank all the members of the Association of United Ways in New Mexico for their generosity and support of Red Cross efforts.”

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at www.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.

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