— The American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter is honored to announce that Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.- based retailer, has made a gift of $250,000 to support local Red Cross chapters.
The gift will specifically support the work of the Red Cross Chapters located within the five state region where Meijer operates its 194 stores, including Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
The American Red Cross is the largest volunteer-based humanitarian organization in the world and is guided by its mission to “provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.”
In 2008, 29 counties in Indiana were invaded by floodwaters and it was declared a federal disaster area. In response to the disaster, Meijer not only provided financial assistance to the Red Cross but also provided meals to the 900 volunteers.
“The American Red Cross is incredibly grateful for this generous gift of $250,000,” says Kenneth E. Vavra, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter, “We are deeply thankful to Meijer and its team members for all of their extraordinary work.” — G.G.