WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 1, 2020) – The American Red Cross has received a generous gift of $25,000 from Office Depot, Inc. to support local response efforts during the coronavirus outbreak. The donation will help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission due to this public health emergency.
Since 2001, Office Depot has been supporting the Red Cross and its lifesaving mission, donating more than $2 million to the South Florida Region. Office Depot is a longtime supporter of the annual WPTV News Channel 5’s Memorial Day Ride featuring their Chief Meteorologist Steve Weagle, commonly known also as the “Weagle Ride.” The week-long bike ride helps raise awareness for Hurricane season, urging the community to take steps now to be prepared. Additionally, Office Depot is a loyal supporter during episodic events such as hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes and now through their support of Red Cross’ COVID-19 response efforts.
Office Depot’s generous contribution will be used to ensure that the Red Cross is able to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters big and small even during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes equipping and training volunteers and staff during this outbreak to safely provide food, shelter, comfort and relief supplies to people affected by disasters of all types. Donations may also be used to invest in technology and training to make sure we can provide counseling, financial assistance and other relief services virtually.
“Office Depot has been a loyal supporter of the Red Cross and our mission for nearly 20 years,” said Joanne Nowlin, CEO of the South Florida Red Cross. “We are grateful for their support throughout the year, especially when it comes to challenging times. Our corporate partners, like Office Depot, help us deliver hope and care to families when they need it most and we rely on their support year-round.”
“Office Depot is committed to supporting the communities where we live, work and do business,” said Alex Price, National Director of Community Investment for Office Depot, Inc.
“On behalf of the entire Office Depot family, we hope this $25,000 donation in support of the American Red Cross’s COVID-19 relief efforts will help to provide critical services to those who need it most during this unprecedented time.”
Generous donations from the community and corporate partners enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.
To help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide due to this public health emergency, you can make a financial donation by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word CORONAVIRUS to 90999.
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 redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SFLRedCross.
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