WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - First Niagara Financial Group announced Tuesday the donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross in support of its Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.
The money will be distributed for use by residents in areas hard hit by the storm in Westchester County, Fairfield County, Conn. and Pennsylvania.
The money will help the Red Cross continue to provide food, shelter and basic services to victims of the storm. First Niagara also established a bank-wide Red Cross donation account that customers can deposit money into at their local branches.
First Niagara also has established the “YouFirst Neighbor” loan program for customers who were hit by Hurricane Sandy. The program allows home owners quick access to unsecured, low-interest home improvement loans. To date, the amount to be distributed is $393,000, but more will be added to that amount.
First Niagara Bank has 26 branches in the Hudson Valley, from Westchester to Ulster counties. There are branches in Mount Kisco, Bedford Hills, Ossining, Yorktown Heights and Baldwin Place.
“As a former board member of my local American Red Cross chapter, I have witnessed the tremendous efforts of this organization and its volunteers. Well before a disaster touches down in a community, and long after that community is back on its feet, the Red Cross is there,” said First Niagara Regional President David Ring.