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  • Red Cross receives $25,000 donation for flood relief

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  • The American Red Cross of Central New York provided services to thousands of individuals across the region in response to the flooding that devastated the area nearly four months ago.
    To offset some of the costs associated with the response, the Carbone Auto Group presented a $25,000 check to American Red Cross officials on Friday.
    Alexander Carbone said the Carbone Auto Group raised the money by making a donation every time a visitor took a demonstration ride.
    “There was a lot of enthusiasm for it,” said Carbone while speaking with the media after the check presentation. “… The thanks really go to the people out there in the community.”
    The check presentation took place at the Carbone Auto Group's corporate office on Horatio Street in Utica, where the Red Cross had parked one of its response vehicles used for the flooding.
    According to the Red Cross, the floods destroyed or damaged more than 1,100 homes and impacted more than 2,400 families. Rosie Taravella, regional chief executive officer with the American Red Cross in Syracuse, said five of the 16 counties in the region she represents were affected by the flooding, including Herkimer, Oneida and Otsego.
    “This has a tremendous impact,” said Taravella about the donation. “We have been utilizing funds from the local community specifically for recovery from the floods.”
    Taravella said the regional chapter was able to put out their resources when the floods first hit, which included providing shelter and food.
    “We have a wonderful local community that helped,” she said.
    Taravella said the regional chapter will work with other local organizations such as the United Way and Catholic Charities to distribute the funds that were donated. She said some of the ongoing work due to the flooding is for those individuals who have long-term needs.
    “The community is coming together as a group to help in disaster,” she said.
    Taravella said the Red Cross is still responding to small disasters, on top of the ongoing response to the big disaster. She said that about 600 families were displaced from their homes from fires over the year.
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