The check was presented by Coyne and Geraghty to Vernon F. Reed Jr., CEO of the Bergen-Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross, and represented the generous spirit of the employees of ISO as well as the commitment of ISO to match that spirit dollar for dollar.
In accepting the generous donation, Reed spoke to the employees and thanked them for their generosity.
"Hurricane Katrina was the most devastating tragedy the American Red Cross ever responded to," he said. "In the last month, more than 800 people have come to the Bergen-Hudson Chapter asking how they can help. In addition to the many generous financial contributions our area has sent through to the Katrina efforts from companies and individuals, we are also training and sending volunteers to help."
Reed added, "The money you have raised will go completely to the Hurricane Katrina efforts, but we need your help locally as well. One hundred and eighty families have come from the Gulf Coast to Hudson and Bergen counties, and we have spent over $125,000 assisting those families. Without the help of our local friends and supporters, we could not do this work as well as address the needs of our local friends and neighbors who face disasters in our own backyard every day."
ISO employees can be proud of their efforts and their generosity in the community and towards those who have suffered during these recent tragedies in the Gulf Coast. As Coyne stated to employees, "You can be assured that your money will be well spent. The American Red Cross has served more than 20 million meals to Katrina survivors and has provided emergency financial assistance to more than 900,000 families who survived the hurricane. You can be very proud of your efforts, as we are of all our generous employees."
The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors - across the street, across the country and across the world - in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new - the nearly one million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through almost 900 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some four million people give blood - the gift of life - through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 181 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. Marsha J. Evans is the president and CEO of the American Red Cross.