AUBURN, Mass. – Hometown Bank, which has a new branch in Auburn, recently donated $3,000 to the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Hometown Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said the money was raised in one day with donations from employees and directors, and matching funds from the bank.
“We wanted to do something in support of our neighbors affected by the storm in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey,” he said. “You never know. The next time around, the shoe could be on the other foot.”
These donations resulted from a special “Blue Jeans Friday” at Hometown Bank, in which employees paid to wear blue jeans to work, and this was supplemented by donations from the board of directors. The $1,500 raised was matched by Hometown Bank for a total donation of $3,000.
“We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for this kind donation,” said Lisa Piehler, Red Cross of Central and Western Massachusetts CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of Hometown Bank and other community partners, the Red Cross has been able to help people since before Sandy made landfall, and will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet.”
While the local community wasn’t affected heavily by Sandy, many local people have volunteered in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The Red Cross of Central Massachusetts sent more than 50 volunteers on one-to-three day assignments to Connecticut to assist with damage assessment. There are several staff and volunteers in New York and New Jersey on long-term assignments, assisting with sheltering, government relations and client casework.
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. For more information, visit www.redcrosscwm.org.