National Grid donates $100K to American Red Cross disaster relief

NATIONAL GRID is donating $100,000 to support the American Red Cross disaster relief fund in the wake of recent winter weather events. Above, a National Grid Rhode Island van at Cranston and Bridgham streets in Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN
NATIONAL GRID is donating $100,000 to support the American Red Cross disaster relief fund in the wake of recent winter weather events. Above, a National Grid Rhode Island van at Cranston and Bridgham streets in Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

PROVIDENCE – National Grid, parent of the state’s largest utility, is donating $100,000 to support the American Red Cross disaster relief fund in the wake of recent weather events.

The utility company, which serves both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, has been busy reconnecting customers to power after an especially severe string of nor’easters have pummeled the region. The storms required National Grid to restore power to more than 800,000 customers.

The company said the $100,000 donation to the America Red Cross is in recognition of the work of volunteers and emergency responders who have helped customers during these times of need.

“We recognize the frustration and hardship power outages can cause our customers, and their reliance on organizations like the American Red Cross for help,” said Dan Bunszell, vice president of New England electric operation for National Grid.

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The company deployed more than 750 line crews and 300 tree crews to work in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to restore power following the most recent storm.

Eli Sherman is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Sherman@PBN.com, or follow him on Twitter @Eli_Sherman.

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