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Dot Foods donating $61,126 to assist superstorm victims

December 16, 2012

WILLIAMSPORT — In response to the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States, Dot Foods is donating $61,126 to the American Red Cross and Covenant House New York to be used toward disaster relief.

“With our distribution centers in New York and Maryland, we’ve witnessed the damage firsthand,” Dot Foods Chairman Pat Tracy said in a news release. “There are people without food or shelter that need our help. This unfortunate event obviously occurred in a densely populated region and thus, there are so many in need of support.”

The funds were raised by Dot employees with a dollar-for-dollar company match and will be distributed among the two organizations.

The American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts will receive $45,419.50.

“The American Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the support Dot and their employees have made to the relief effort,” Pam Shaffer, executive director of the American Red Cross serving Adams, Brown, Pike, Hancock and McDonough counties, said in the release. “We’d like to thank them for their support of those affected by Sandy, and for the helping hand they give us throughout the year so that we will be on the front lines of disaster response in our local communities.”

Covenant House provides support for homeless youth in the New York and New Jersey areas and is being awarded $15,706.50 from Dot and its employees.

“We’re so grateful that the employees at Dot Foods have rallied around our homeless kids during this difficult time,” Covenant House New York Executive Director Jim White said in the release. “This gift will not only help us provide desperately needed food, clothing and shelter.

It also gives us a chance to let our homeless kids know that people care. When our kids get this kind of support, there is nothing they can’t achieve.”

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