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Red Cross State Chapter Receives Big Donation

October 3, 2014, 11:34 AM HST
* Updated October 3, 11:48 AM
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The American Red Cross Hawai’i Chapter has received a generous donation of $25,000 from AT&T to aid in disaster relief efforts state wide.

AT&T previously contributed large scale funds to the organization in 2011 when late representative Bob Herkes, who represented Puna, Ka’u, North Kona, and South Kona, organized a “Breakfast with Bob” event. The event followed the March 11, 2011 tsunami that impacted may people throughout the state, destroying dozens of homes, businesses and boats.

Nearly half of the $60,000 raised in the “Breakfast with Bob” effort came from AT&T.

“We are proud to partner with the Hawai’i Red Cross in their relief efforts, especially in the wake of Iselle and the ongoing threats that Big Island residents face from lava flows approaching their homes,” said Bob Bass, President of AT&T Hawaii.

Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawai’i State Chapter of the American Red Cross said, “We are extremely grateful to AT&T for their supporting our humanitarian mission in Hawai’i.”

The Hawai’i Red Cross is on call 24/7, 365 days a year and responds to disasters on all ranges of the scale, from big to small, about every four days. They provide food, clothing, shelter, and emotional support to individuals and families affected by tragic events.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free.

To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816, make a secure online donation, or  call (808) 739-8109.

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