TERRE HAUTE -- Duke Energy recently provided a $5,000 gift to the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter in support of the Red Cross response to the recent flooding and wind storms that impacted Wabash Valley families.
"We are very grateful for our partnership with Duke Energy," said Carol Stevens, American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter Executive Director. "Not even 24 hours elapsed from my initial conversation with Rick Burger in the Terre Haute Duke Energy office until he called me to advise me that Duke Energy was issuing a $5,000 check to us.
"Our partnership with Duke Energy goes beyond supporting disaster relief. They also are a major sponsor of our annual Family, Fun and Safety Fair, held each September, which targets youth from diverse neighborhoods with safety information they need to know before disasters, accidents and sudden illness strike."
"At Duke Energy, we saw this as an opportunity to help our customers in a time of need and to assist the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter meet those challenges," Burger said.
The storms, which took place Feb. 5, and subsequent flooding swept through the Wabash Valley, leaving behind at least five destroyed homes, 15 homes with major damage and more than 40 homes with minor damage.
To date, the area chapter has worked with close to 20 families meeting such disaster caused needs like short term lodging, food, clothing, personal hygiene kits, clean-up kids, critical medications, rental assistance and minor home repairs. The chapter has also served more than 110 meals and snacks to sand baggers and emergency personnel.
More than 40 local volunteers and chapter employees have worked on the operation. Homes in seven of the eight counties served by the local chapter have been affected.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money.
For more information, call 812-232-3393 or toll free at 866-932-3393.
The local Red Cross chapter serves Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinois.