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UMWA contributes $10,000 to disaster relief

November 5, 2012
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[TRIANGLE, VA] – The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced today that it is donating $10,000 to be used to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

A $5,000 donation is going to the American Red Cross for disaster relief in the devastated communities along the Atlantic coast that took a direct hit from Sandy, and another $5,000 donation was made to the Mountaineer Food Bank to help that organization provide assistance to  local food banks in particularly hard-hit areas of West Virginia.

“The images of devastation all across the eastern United States are heartbreaking,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. “Millions of people have lost everything they have. Millions more remain without power.

“Our brother and sister first-responders–police, firefighters, EMTs and other state and municipal workers–are giving of themselves night and day, often when their own homes are destroyed and their own families are displaced,” Roberts said. “Even though our membership is far removed from the Atlantic coast, we wanted to do something to help.

“The overwhelming snowfall in the mountains of West Virginia caused severe and lasting power outages for tens of thousands closer to the coalfields, including many of our own members,” Roberts said. “For those who can’t get to work, or are retired on fixed incomes and who have lost all their perishable food, local food banks are a critical lifeline. The Mountaineer Food Bank helps to supply food and other goods to these local food banks.

“In addition to these direct donations, we are encouraging our members to donate as well,” Roberts said. “Whether it be a financial donation, a blood donation or an in-kind donation, our fellow citizens need help now, and I urge everyone to take a few moments to do their part. Someday, it may be your turn to need this kind of help.”

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