Verizon Donates $5,000 for Santa Cruz Mountains Wildfire Recovery

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Verizon Foundation has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to assist residents forced from their homes by the Santa Cruz Mountains wildfire.

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to our fellow Californians as they strive to cope with the impact of this firestorm," said Verizon West Region President Tim McCallion. "Through this contribution and by providing additional telecommunication services to those in need, we hope we can make their lives a little easier at a very trying time."

The grant went to the American Red Cross Chapter of Santa Cruz County, which is helping evacuees and those residents who lost homes.

Verizon also provided 30 emergency telephone lines to help fire crews coordinate their response to the wildfire and offered free call-forwarding service to evacuees.

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