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Monday, December 15, 2003
American Red Cross of RI to recognize Hasbro, Inc. as a major philanthropic corporate supporter

On Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 9:00am at Hasbro, Inc. located on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket, the American Red Cross of RI will recognize Hasbro, Inc. for their recent contributions to the Chapter.

"They wanted to make a difference, and that's exactly what they did," commented Barbara McGann, Chief Executive Officer of The American Red Cross of Rhode Island. "I truly admire the corporate humanitarian spirit at Hasbro and commend their leadership for creating such a positive impact in our community."

The recent Mill Fire in Pawtucket that affected so many was tragic and the Red Cross of Rhode Island is proud of their volunteers for being prepared and ready to respond in such a caring manner. Providing emergency assistance to so many people at once is a formidable task and also an expensive one. With a donation of $25,000, Hasbro, Inc. led the funding of the Red Cross' relief effort. Their generosity did not stop there. A group of employees collected both monetary donations and gift cards for the victims of the Pawtucket fire.

The Red Cross of Rhode Island is still assisting those affected by the fire and would like to extend their appreciation to major local supporters of this relief effort like Goldline Controls, Inc., J.H. Lynch & Sons, Inc., Neptco, Inc., Open MRI of New England, Pawtucket Credit Union, the Rhode Island Foundation, and Teknor Apex Company. The Red Cross is no longer accepting donations restricted to the Pawtucket Mill fire relief effort.

Unfortunately, fires destroy hundreds of homes each year. In 2003, the Red Cross of Rhode Island provided emergency food, clothing and shelter to over 1,300 individuals displaced by disasters. The Red Cross typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

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