Gulf Winds commits $25,000 for Hurricane Sally Relief

Gulf Winds Credit Union stands with the communities we serve in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally. Guided by the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, Gulf Winds has committed $25,000 through the Gulf Winds Cares program to support five nonprofit organizations providing hurricane relief, including Council on Aging of West Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Atmore Lions Club, Escambia County (AL) Habitat for Humanity and Drexell and Honeybees.

“Hurricane Sally delivered a tough and unexpected blow to our community,” said Gulf Winds’ CEO/President Chris Rutledge. “We are committed to assisting our members through recovery and supporting our nonprofit partners and the people they serve.”

Gulf Winds donated $10,000 to the Council on Aging of West Florida’s Meals on Wheels program. Council on Aging delivered over 3,700 shelf stables meals to 529 seniors in the days after Hurricane Sally. Their regular meal provider was impacted by the Hurricane, so they had to use their reserve meals. “We were fortunate to have those meals in reserves,” said John Clark, President/CEO of Council on Aging of West Florida. “These funds from Gulf Winds Credit Union enable us to replenish those meals to face the next unexpected event. We are so grateful for their generous support.”

A $5,000 donation will be provided to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida to support families enrolled in their Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. Big Brothers Big Sisters is replacing food and essential daily items lost in the storm as well as helping pay for housing repairs. “This gift will help aid these families who suffered from losses due to Hurricane Sally, as many do not have the financial or physical means for full recovery,” said Director of Development Dana Hall. “During a time of extreme stress, we cannot thank Gulf Winds enough for believing in our mission and helping our Northwest Florida families in need.”

Donations will also be provided to Atmore Lions Club ($5,000), Escambia County Habitat for Humanity in Brewton ($3,000) and Drexell and Honeybees in Brewton ($2,000). The Atmore Lions Club is purchasing hygiene products, grocery gift cards, diapers, car seats, meal gift cards, jackets and lawn care certificates for The Forgotten Initiative, which supports foster children and families. Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program is helping Brewton residents remove debris and mitigate and remediate roof damage. Drexell and Honeybees, a donation-only restaurant in Brewton that suffered flood damage, will use the funds to help replace lost refrigerators.


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