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News Jan 30, 2014 - 10:07:50 AM

Wells Fargo Makes $40,000 Donation to American Red Cross

By American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region

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l to r: Kent McClun, Wells Fargo Area President, Greater Connecticut, presents contribution to Mario Bruno, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO. (contributed photo)
FARMINGTON, CT - Wells Fargo has made a $40,000 gift to the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region in support of the Ready365 program, which helps to ensure the every-day emergency response capability of the American Red Cross.

“This gift puts Wells Fargo on the team helping people in our communities affected by disasters and other emergencies,” said Mario Bruno, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO. “With this donation, we can be there for neighbors displaced by fires, floods, hurricanes or other disasters. We can offer life-saving training to build more resilient communities. And we can provide a safe, adequate supply of blood to patients in need.”

Bruno said that Wells Fargo has been a strong partner with the Red Cross, supporting programs and events across Connecticut. “We value the participation of Wells Fargo as donors and volunteers, helping us to fulfill our mission in communities across the state.”

Kent McClun, Wells Fargo Area President, Greater Connecticut and American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter Board member, presented the check to Mario Bruno recently at the Red Cross office in Farmington, Connecticut.

“I am proud to present this donation on behalf of Wells Fargo,” McClun said. “As a Red Cross volunteer, I see every day the good work that is done by this organization. With a staff that is nearly 96% volunteer, they respond to hundreds of local emergencies each year, equip thousands of people with lifesaving skills and collect an average of 130,000 units of blood. What they do in service to their neighbors is nothing short of amazing.”

McClun said Wells Fargo’s partnership with the Red Cross is a natural fit. “We are both committed to building stronger communities and supporting a better quality of life for people in those communities.”

The Ready365 program provides donors to the American Red Cross an opportunity to become annual sustainers of Red Cross services in their communities. “By making a commitment to support the daily work of the Red Cross, partners like Wells Fargo help us to be ready when we are needed in times of emergencies,” Bruno said. “We are grateful for their support and for the commitment of all who support the Red Cross as volunteers, blood donors or financial donors.”

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