Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Fifth Third announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The donation is designated for the states of North Carolina and South Carolina and is being funded through the Fifth Third Foundation.
Fifth Third Regional President Lee Fite, said, “In the wake of Hurricane Florence, we understand that our fellow citizens, many of them our employees and customers, are hurting and encountering hardship from the hurricane and the flooding it left in its wake. It’s important for us to financially support relief efforts.”
“At a time when Fifth Third is healing from its own tragedy in Cincinnati, the company has made this very generous contribution to Hurricane Florence relief efforts,” said Stephanie Byrd, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Cincinnati. “I have seen first-hand the destruction caused by this horrific storm. Lives have been permanently changed. With this gift, Fifth Third will restore hope and give much-needed relief to the residents of North Carolina and South Carolina who’ve been completely devastated by Hurricane Florence.”
Specific Fifth Third financial centers in North Carolina are serving as collection points for community donations of supplies and items, including bottled water, bleach, mops, diapers, paper products, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby supplies and non-perishable foods by September 28.
The financial centers accepting donations of these items are:
Community members wishing to donate financially can also contribute at Fifth Third branches throughout its footprint. Proceeds will go to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund.
Established in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation was the first charitable foundation created by a financial institution. The Foundation supports worthy causes in the areas of health and human services, education, community development and the arts in the states where Fifth Third Bank operates.