AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The FirstEnergy Foundation will contribute $25,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas. The Foundation also will match employee contributions up to an additional $50,000.
The unprecedented storm has dropped more than 50 inches of rain in and around the Houston area, causing widespread flooding, multiple fatalities and massive property damage.
"We hope our foundation donation along with the matching gifts made by FirstEnergy employees help provide relief for those suffering from Hurricane Harvey's historic impact," said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. "While the massive storm has not affected the FirstEnergy service area, our company and customers have first-hand experience dealing with wide-spread devastation caused by previous hurricanes and other severe weather and hope this contribution helps provide much-needed assistance."
Those interested in supporting the American Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts can visit www.redcross.org to make a donation or to volunteer.
The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and provides support to non-profit, tax-exempt health and human services agencies; educational organizations; cultural and arts programs and institutions; and civic groups in areas served by FirstEnergy's 10 electric operating companies and in areas where the company conducts business.
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