Red Cross, Hunger Organizations Receive Contributions From Maine CUs In Remembrance Of 9/11

September 11, 2015

"As a way to honor and remember those who perished on 9/11, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger would like to pay tribute to those who help people in Maine deal with their own 'emergencies' on a daily basis," said Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, at a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in Portland.  The Campaign for Ending Hunger presented checks totaling $7,055 to the Emergency Food Relief Funds of all five Red Cross Chapters and a hunger organization from each of the five regions the Chapters serve. 

Representatives from all five Red Cross Chapters and representatives from hunger agencies joined Maine's credit unions at the Memorial, located in Fort Allen Park in Portland, for a moment of silence prior to the check presentation.  "On the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA, we feel it is important to recognize the thousands who were impacted by these attacks in a positive way.  First responders, including the Red Cross and hunger organizations, help people, who in their way, are dealing with tragedies.  While not on the scale of 9/11, losing their home and not having enough to eat are catastrophic events in people's lives.  The funds presented today to say 'thank you' to the Red Cross Emergency Food Relief Funds and the other hunger agencies for always being there - ready and willing to help; however, having the funds to adequately assist people is always a challenge.  Hopefully, as we remember the people impacted by the events of this day 14 years ago, individuals who suffer from an emergency where there is not enough to eat or a place to live will benefit from this contribution," added Paradise.

The funds contributed through this event are distributed as part of the record-setting $552,000 raised by the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger in 2014.  Each Red Cross Chapter received a check for $911, while the hunger organizations received a check for $500 each.  Collectively, the contributions will proved nearly $100,000 worth of food.

Since 1990, the Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger has raised $5.9 million to end hunger in Maine.