In response to the impact of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, Mississippi and the storm’s ongoing impact as it continues to move north, Arthur M. Blank today announced two grants through his family foundation totaling $1 million to the American Red Cross and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

“This storm’s impact on many people and communities will be felt for some time and that includes many of our family, friends and associates across our portfolio of businesses and foundation who have personal connections to the Gulf Coast,” said Blank. “Many of the communities being devastated by this storm are already reeling from COVID. So many are without power and resources are already stretched thin, so it is not only impacting those who were in the storm’s path, but also those who’ve been called upon to help those areas get back on their feet. We are in a time of crisis, and we’re so grateful for the first responders, health care workers and other public servants who are already going above and beyond. We hope to play a small part in helping those communities recover by supporting two organizations providing relief on the ground. We encourage others to join the effort to lift those impacted by this storm.”

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is making commitments of $500,000 each to The American Red Cross and the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF). The Red Cross is currently on the ground working around the clock to help those affected by the hurricane, and the GNOF is supporting non-profit partners that will be critical to addressing various problems caused by the storm. To support their efforts, please donate by visiting:

“At times like these, I hope we can set aside the things that divide us in a spirit of unity to help others suffering through a crisis simply because it’s the right thing to do,” said Blank.

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Few motorists travel on the 1-10 ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)