ARA Foundation Donates to Red Cross for Winter Storm Goliath Relief | Construction News

In late December, Winter Storm Goliath caused numerous tornadoes and historic flooding along major rivers, impacting more than seven states throughout the south and Midwest. To help those in the equipment rental industry, their families, and communities, the ARA Foundation donated $10,000 on Dec. 30 to the American Red Cross for first-responder assistance.

The ARA Foundation has been monitoring this storm system since it started Dec. 23, said Jenni Swanson, ARA Foundation director of development. “As part of the ARA Foundation’s disaster relief and recovery programs, we monitor weather-related disasters very closely and are in regular contact with our state association presidents in the affected areas to see who in the industry has been impacted and to reiterate that our disaster programs are available to them,” she said.

“The severity of this storm system comes at a difficult time of year, weather-wise, when assistance is even more critical to saving lives," said Christine Wehrman, ARA Foundation executive director and American Rental Association (ARA) CEO. "Recovery in all areas that have been impacted will be a long-term undertaking and require considerable support and assistance. The ARA Foundation is proud to be able to contribute in this way on behalf of the equipment rental industry.”