Godwin Pumps donates to the American Red Cross

Through a matching gift program, Godwin Pumps and its employees made an end-of-the-year donation to the American Red Cross (ARC) Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, the Bridgeport, N.J.-based company announced Dec. 30. The executive director of the Gloucester County Red Cross chapter Laura Steinmetz presented Godwin Pumps' President John Michael Paz with a certificate of acknowledgement at Godwin's home office...

BRIDGEPORT, NJ, Jan. 3, 2006 -- Through a matching gift program, Godwin Pumps and its employees made an end-of-the-year donation to the American Red Cross (ARC) Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, the Bridgeport, N.J.-based company announced Dec. 30. The executive director of the Gloucester County Red Cross chapter Laura Steinmetz presented Godwin Pumps' President John Michael Paz with a certificate of acknowledgement at Godwin's home office.

Paz praised the efforts of Godwin people throughout the company for their impressive response to Hurricane Katrina.

"In the nearly 30 years I've been in business, I have witnessed repeated examples of dedication and generosity by the people at Godwin Pumps who work for me around the country," said Paz. "Hurricane Katrina is no exception. In addition to extraordinary job-related response, we had an outpouring of donations from Godwin employees, matched by the company, to aid in the American Red Cross's hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans."

From Texas to New Jersey to the state of Washington, people at Godwin's 22 U.S. locations worked together to supply pumps, generators, and light towers to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina hit. At the same time, Godwin employees continued to support the demands of existing customers throughout North America according to Paz. During the days following the devastation, several Godwin employees traveled to New Orleans to work on-site setting up pumping systems and servicing any equipment in need of repair.

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, Godwin employees rallied together to collect supplies of water to send to New Orleans. Then once the initial demands of the emergency were addressed, Godwin and its employees focused on making a donation. Dollars donated by Godwin Pumps and its employees to the American Red Cross will provide for the ongoing relief efforts according to Laura Steinmetz, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Gloucester County, NJ Division.

"Through these efforts, Godwin Pumps and the American Red Cross will help provide tangible and meaningful aid to those people impacted by Hurricane Katrina as people begin to rebuild their homes, their communities, and their lives," said Paz.

Founded in 1976 in Bridgeport, Godwin Pumps operates 22 U.S. equipment rental facilities and a network of over 100 distributor locations worldwide. Serving customers in the construction, industrial, municipal/government, aggregates, and environmental markets, Godwin Pumps is known for its unsurpassed customer service and the Dri-Prime¿µ pump, an automatic self-priming centrifugal pumpset capable of handling industrial sludges, oil, sewage, storm water, mine dewatering and other pumping needs.

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) is where people mobilize to help their neighbors in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to the nearly one million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross.

Also see:
-- "Christmas on the Bayou, Post-Katrina" -- PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA, Dec. 28, 2005 (RedCross.org) -- The big, beautiful log house is gone. The commercial orange grove has been destroyed. Even so, the plot of family land along Highway 11 North was where Jill Patten's grown children chose to spend their first post-Katrina Christmas...
-- "Salvaging St. Bernard Parish" -- ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA, Dec. 25, 2005 (RedCross.org) -- Cathy Attebert knew it was going to be a tough Christmas. That's why she hung icicle lights on her new trailer, tied giant, red candy canes to its front steps and stuck a leafy branch at the curb to serve as a Christmas tree.
-- "Turning Compassion into Action: American Red Cross makes hurricane relief history" -- Fact Sheet (PDF)
-- "FEMA dumps 400,000 liters of donated water"

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