Gatti’s Pizza to host fundraiser for Red Cross Sandy relief

Midland, TX, December 3, 2012 –

Gatti’s Pizza in Midland has committed to donating 15 percent of their proceeds to American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief to anyone who patronizes the pizza restaurant between 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, and says they support the Red Cross.

The restaurant is located at 614 W. Wadley Ave.

Stephanie Murphree, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Permian Basin Area Chapter, said that Red Cross personnel will be on hand during the event to thank restaurant patrons for their support. She encourages restaurant guests to wear red to show their support for victims of Hurricane Sandy and Red Cross relief efforts to alleviate human suffering in the face of the disaster that devastated parts of New York and New Jersey and impacted an area the size of Europe.

“We are tremendously grateful to Gatti’s Pizza for supporting the people whose lives have been disrupted and whose homes and businesses were destroyed,” Murphree said. “We also deeply appreciate the support of the American people for Red Cross efforts to help those who were affected by this disaster. Nearly 3,000 Red Cross workers are still on the job there, providing food, water, shelter and relief supplies.”

The Red Cross mobilized more than 14,400 trained disaster workers to date – 90 percent of them volunteers – to help people affected by the storm. The Red Cross has also deployed more than 300 of its emergency response vehicles and is also using rental cars, trucks and other vehicles to help.

In the first month since Sandy hit, the Red Cross provided almost 79,000 shelter stays for Sandy victims. The Red Cross has also:

•Provided more than 7.4 million meals and snacks through its partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention to people affected by Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

•Distributed more than 5.2 million relief items including cold weather items like coats and blankets and supplies to help people as they begin the massive clean-up of their neighborhoods.

•Provided more than 86,000 health services and mental health contacts for people who have been living in very tough conditions.

Any funds donated for Sandy disaster response beyond what is needed for emergency relief will be put to use serving the long-term needs of those affected by this disaster. The Red Cross is already working with communities to determine unmet needs and how they can be met, an effort that will continue into the recovery process.

For further information, please contact Murphree at the Permian Basin Area Chapter at 432-563-2267.