North Charleston, S.C., October 4, 2018 – The Palmetto SC Region American Red Cross is recognizing Dominion Energy for donating $50,000 to help provide around-the-clock shelter, food and comfort to thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Florence.
This funding has enabled the Red Cross to send thousands of disaster workers to the affected areas to help shelter, feed and comfort people in large portions of South and North Carolina who are impacted by prolonged and catastrophic flooding due to the hurricane. In South Carolina alone, the Red Cross has provided more than 23,000 overnight shelter stays and nearly 150,000 meals and snacks to those indeed.
“Support from partners such as Dominion Energy, will empower the Red Cross to continue mobilizing volunteers, equipment and supplies to provide help and hope to people across the East Coast impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “We deeply appreciate Dominion Energy’s generous donation as we work together to support people in need with shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support.”
“Dominion Energy is dedicated to supporting the work of organizations like the American Red Cross,” said Kristen Beckham external affairs representative for Dominion Energy. “We’re honored to partner with those who are on the front lines in helping our communities recover from the impact of our recent hurricane and subsequent flooding.”
WHAT THE RED CROSS IS DOING: More than 3,100 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been mobilized to help shelter, feed and support people affected by Florence in the Carolinas. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 1.38 million meals and snacks, and distributed more than 255,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes. Volunteer mental health and health services professionals have provided some 41,900 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD: More than 50 blood drives have been forced to cancel in South Carolina, due to Hurricane Florence, resulting nearly 1,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross urges people in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to care for patients in the Southeast and throughout the country. There is a critical need for platelet and type O blood donations. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HOW YOU CAN HELP: The Red Cross has launched a massive response to this disaster and depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
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/SC or @RedCrossSC
About Dominion Energy:
Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with over $75 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services. As one of the nation’s leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy contributes more than $20 million annually to the communities it serves and actively supports veterans and their families. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com, www.BrighterEnergyFuture.com, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.