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Purolite Employees contribute to hurricane relief for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico

Purolite is grateful that employees and their families living in the regions affected by the hurricanes and other natural disasters are safe. Unfortunately, many lives were devastated by three historic, back-to-back storms.

Howard Davis, Purolite’s Southeast USA Sales Manager who resides in the Houston area noted, “Harvey was a hundred year storm…once in a lifetime. People, neighbors and communities are all out helping one another to clean up, but this type of help is not enough. Much more is—and will be—needed.”

Victoria Ortiz, Staff accountant at Purolite’s Bala Cynwyd Headquarters agrees. “A hurricane of this magnitude was not seen for over 90 years on Puerto Rico, and managing the aftermath has been a chaos with no precedence.” Victoria has many relatives who live on the Western part of the island, and even after a week still is not able to make contact with some of her family. She adds, “Because of down communication towers, lack of power, damaged infrastructure and a shortage of food, water and fuel, the aftermath of the storm is worse than the actual event. People are suffering and desperately need to have the help continue.”

To assist in the recovery effort, Purolite began hosting a Hurricane Relief Fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross early in September that would run through November 5, 2017. Originally to support the damage done by Harvey, the fundraiser was extended until December 1, 2017 to support the relief efforts of the storms in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Purolite’s employees from the U.S.A. and Canada have raised over $11,350 to date.

Karen Beck, of U.S. Human Resources team and organizer of our fundraiser notes, “After Hurricane Harvey, I knew that we had to take action, and employees reached out anxious to help. I am really proud of how our employees have stepped up to provide support to these devastated areas.”

“As I watched the news and saw all of the devastation, my heart ached. I just can’t imagine losing everything that I hold dear,” notes Linda Bailey, Senior Customer Service Representative in Bala Cynwyd. “I am glad to be able to contribute. I have a strong feeling of respect and heartfelt appreciation for my co-workers and for Purolite, and I am proud to be a part of the Purolite family,” she adds.

“Not knowing how people are and what people need is really difficult. It’s even worse to not be able to do anything. It feels good to know that people care and can help do something that will make a difference,” Victoria admits.

Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused vast destruction. Cities recently impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma may end up costing between $150 billion and $200 billion in damage and lost productivity, according to estimates from Moody’s Analytics.

The extent of Maria’s damage is unknown although, AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe-modeling firm, stated that Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico could result up to $72 billion.

Purolite Corporation is matching 100% of employee donations. All proceeds will go towards Red Cross’ Hurricane Relief to help the Red Cross provide shelter, food and comfort to families.

If you are a Purolite employee, and would like to contribute to the fundraiser, please contact Karen Beck at the G Street plant in Philadelphia, PA.

The American Red Cross is operated by volunteers and staff to deliver vital services and relief during emergency response. They help families and communities recovery from disasters, deliver aid on a global scale, assist military families and run blood donation programs to ensure that rescue and healthcare operators never need to worry about not having enough blood available to save lives.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the recent disasters. We are grateful to the generous contributions—from within Purolite and outside of Purolite—who care deeply about helping to make a difference in our global community.