ALBANY, NY (March 6, 2015) – Following a devastating fire early this morning on Jay Street in Schenectady, MVP Health Care has committed to match donations to American Red Cross Disaster Relief until Friday, March 13, up to a total of $5,000.
“It is difficult to imagine the heartache that these people are going through,” said Ellen Sax, Director, Community Engagement. “We, at MVP Health Care, pride ourselves on our commitment to our community and want to lend our support, especially in times of a crisis. As an organization, we are proud to support the American Red Cross as they help these people move forward and rebuild their lives.”
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by today’s fire, and we are extremely grateful to MVP Health Care for their support of our work in the face of this disaster,” said Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “As a sponsor of our ongoing Home Fire Campaign, MVP has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping people prepare for and recover from fires. Their gift today, and each donation they match, will allow us to help people when they truly need it most.”
The Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Christ Church, 970 State Street, around 7:00 A.M. on Friday morning. In coordination with local officials and community partners, the Red Cross is providing safe shelter, meals and snacks, health and mental health services, and additional assistance to residents affected by the fire. Red Cross workers are prepared to continue offering shelter and other support through the weekend as needed.
All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the public. You can help people affected by disasters like the Jay Street fire and countless other crises by making a gift to 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.
To have your donation matched by MVP Health Care, visit www.redcross.org/mvphealthcare-emp or send a check to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205 with “MVP Match” printed in the memo line. Donations may also be made by phone, Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., by calling (518) 694-5108.
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 www.redcross.org.