Donation to relief efforts provide equal funds to the Red Cross, Salvation Army
MADISON, N.J. — Aug. 22, 2011 — Pfizer Animal Health has felt the effects of the summer’s flooding — most directly in Mandan, N.D., from flood victim Donny Wald, territory manager, Pfizer Animal Health.
“The flooding has devastated homes, businesses and farming operations in the area,” Wald says. “My colleagues in the Pfizer Animal Health Cattle Business Unit understand that they could help farmers, ranchers and the people of the Bismarck/Mandan area. The generosity of Pfizer Animal Health has helped the Salvation Army and American Red Cross to do what they do best — support the community.”
With no escape from the flooding in Mandan and surrounding communities, residents had to stay and battle the rising flood waters. Both the Salvation Army and the Red Cross were there to support the efforts. As a result, Wald and Pfizer Animal Health split the donation equally between the Salvation Army Bismarck/Mandan Service Center and American Red Cross West Dakota Chapter.
The funds donated to each organization are utilized in a number of ways to help the victims with meals and cleanup once they are back into their homes. The Salvation Army continues to meet ongoing community needs by providing flood clean-up kits, food and other types of assistance to people affected by the flooding.
“With the donations, our 400 volunteers have been able to provide more than 41,000 meals, which breaks down to more than 1,000 meals a day,” says Maj. Lee Morrison, Salvation Army Corps officer. “Families have taken in other families and looked to us for food assistance until they are able to get back to normal living conditions.”
Similarly, the American Red Cross West Dakota Chapter has allocated donation funds to also provide temporary shelter and meals and assist in cleanup efforts.
“The community spirit of Pfizer Animal Health is demonstrated with this generous donation to the Red Cross,” says Allan McGeough, Executive Director of the Mid-Dakota Chapter. “We are grateful that they have chosen to partner with us to provide that initial safety net for residents when a disaster strikes.”
Like other members of the community, Wald was grateful to see the trucks pulling into his driveway to provide support.
“When you have been working for days with very little sleep and your refrigerator is empty, it is quite a welcome call to see a Salvation Army truck or American Red Cross truck pulling up in your driveway to offer you lunch,” Wald says. “They were there to help everyone in the area for the better part of two months or more.”
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development. For more information about how Pfizer Animal Health works to ensure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy livestock, fish and poultry; or helps companion animals and horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com.