PHILADELPHIA –As the impact of tornadoes, flooding, and fires are being felt across nation, SCA, with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, donated $25,000 to heighten disaster relief from the American Red Cross. SCA could have stopped with a one-time donation. This global hygiene and paper products supplier, instead, geared up an employee donation program, which it will match dollar for dollar until May 20.
SCA employees, totaling more than 5,600 across North America and Mexico, are invited to support relief services being offered to a growing number of disaster victims in America.
“This recent outbreak of tornadoes,” declared Sune Lundin, president of SCA Americas business group, “resulted in an unimaginable amount of damage, and our own employees have been impacted.”
Employees from the company’s Barton, Alabama plant witnessed devastation first hand and pitched in by coordinating collections for relief and recovery in their vicinity as well as other hard hit areas in their state.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” stated Lundin, “and we’re proud to be working with the American Red Cross as they take care of people on the ground in Alabama.”
SCA is also partnering with the Red Cross to deliver the company’s paper towels, wipers and bath tissues, and incontinence care products where neccessary. “Tena® bladder control products have already arrived in the region and,” Lundin announced, “were directed to nursing homes in need of these essential products.”
The Red Cross has worked tirelessly across disaster-ridden states serving more than 1.2 million meals, opening more than 170 shelters in which 14,000 overnight stays were provided, making available 26,000 health and mental health consultations, deploying more than 264 emergency response vehicles, and handing out relief kits and other emergency equipment in the hundreds of thousands.
The charity anticipates spending as much as $31 million in Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, and Kentucky, while mobilizing support for victims of the latest floods in the Mississippi River Valley. Pledges and contributions amount to $17.7 million so far. The matching dollar employee drive by SCA is a welcomed addition for closing the financial gap.
“SCA’s generous donation will help alleviate a lot of suffering,” American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter board Chairman I Michael Coslov said. “We are thankful that during tragic times here and around the country, Philadelphia area companies like SCA step up and support those in need.”
Donations from Delaware Valley residents, likewise, are welcomed. Residents can contribute to the Red Cross in three ways: call 215.299.4000, text “REDCROSS” to 90999 for a $10 donation, or visit www.redcrossphilly.org.
To learn more about SCA and its community involvement, visit http://sca.com/us.
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