AUBURN – UnitedKingfield Bank’s Lewiston branch was the first local business making a contribution to the American Red Cross’ Day of Disaster Campaign. The bank contributed $350, which covers a day’s worth of disaster expenses at the chapter.

One hundred percent of UnitedKingfield Bank’s Day of Disaster donation replenished the Local Disaster Relief Fund used to provide direct disaster assistance of food, clothing and shelter.

“Disasters aren’t just tsunamis and hurricanes that happen elsewhere in the world,” said Chapter Executive Director Douglas Hoyt. “They’re what happens here at home as well – wildfires and house fires, floods and ice storms.”

Hoyt’s comments came on the heels of a fire in Auburn that left 19 people homeless, and to which the United Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross responded with assistance.

Last year the chapter responded to 50 house fires and helped 261 individuals throughout Oxford, Franklin, southern Kennebec and Androscoggin counties.

During the course of the year it spent $126,311 in operating disaster services.

“We’re able to help people in these communities specifically because of the generosity of businesses and individuals. When a business like United Kingfield Bank makes a gift to the Red Cross for local disaster relief, it’s an investment in our communities,” said Hoyt.

“UnitedKingfield Bank applauds the Red Cross commitment to providing resources to those in need,” said Ray Teixeira, assistant vice president of the Lewiston office. “We are proud to assist during this critical time and encourage others to join us in supporting the Day of Disaster Campaign.”

The campaign is raising money for the Local Disaster Relief Fund. Last year it cost the chapter approximately $346.06 each day to provide disaster relief, and chapter representatives are looking for businesses and individuals willing to donate a day’s worth of expense.

“Of course,” said Hoyt, “any gift is welcome and will be put to good use right here at home.”

To make a contribution or learn more about the campaign, people should call 795-4004.

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