Automotive Parts Associates Makes Financial Contribution to Hurricane Florence Relief
LENEXA, Kan. (October 1, 2018) – As the widespread and devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence continues to impact the Carolinas and East Coast of the United States with rising flood waters, many residents are still unable to return to their damaged homes. In an effort to help those affected by the Category 1 hurricane that made landfall on September 14, Automotive Parts Associates (APA) made a financial contribution to the American Red Cross to help provide essential resources to those affected by the record-breaking storm.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people affected by Hurricane Florence. With APA members spread across North America, when disasters like this happen it affects us all. By providing financial assistance we are able to support the distressed residents with crucial necessities and meals as well as other supplies for volunteers,” said Benjamin Yelowitz, APA Board of Directors Secretary-Treasurer.
According to the National Weather Service, the initial rainfall totals reached as high as 35.6 inches as wind gusted as high as 106 mph causing storm surges as high as 13 feet and catastrophic flooding, that resulted in 41 casualties and thousands of people still without electricity. The American Red Cross noted as of September 27, that the night before over 1,660 people stayed in 30 Red Cross emergency shelters in the Carolinas alone, and has provided 92% of overnight stays with other organizations totaling 113,200. 3,500 disaster workers and volunteers have served more than 890,600 meals and snacks to those affected and distributed 110,700 relief items like diapers and hygiene kits to those forced from their homes. The Red Cross is urging those in unaffected areas to give platelets and blood, especially those with type O blood. Financial contributions can be made in $10 increments by texting the word FLORENCE to 90999.
About Automotive Parts Associates, Inc.
Automotive Parts Associates, Inc. is a member-owned cooperative made up of over 70 shareholders of independent auto parts distributors with 400+ warehouse and company store locations throughout North America. For more information about APA or about membership opportunities, visit www.APA.parts.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.