At the August Board of Directors meeting, the North Central West Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross presented First Energy with a plaque thanking the company for its community commitment during the June 29 derecho storm and resulting power outage.
In West Virginia, nearly 1 million homes and businesses were without power. Lingering power outages remained nearly two weeks after the severe storm.
First Energy donated bottled water and ice, and through the partnership between the American Red Cross and Lowe's, these necessities were distributed to community members throughout West Virginia until power was restored.
From left are Charles Friddle III, First Energy director of external affairs for West Virginia; Charles Shields, North Central West Virginia chapter chairman; and M. Gregory Hefner, First Energy external affairs manager.
"Our relationship with community partners is vital in assisting those in need," said Robin Moore, North Central West Virginia Chapter executive director. "First Energy's collaboration is a perfect example of that."