Springfield, Massachusetts-based Big Y World Class Markets added to the collected donations for Ukraine Humanitarian Relief from customers and employees from March 17-30 through their registers, online orders and myExpress check out. 

Community and employee donations along with additional support from Big Y resulted in a donation of $100,000 that goes to the global Red Cross network response to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

“We have all witnessed the heartbreaking effects particularly on children and families in Ukraine,” said Charles L. D’Amour, president and CEO. “We are grateful to partner with the International Red Cross to provide some measure of support for their innocent victims. Our thanks go out to our entire Big Y Family, including our customers and employees for joining us to support this humanitarian relief.”

As the conflict increases, the Red Cross will continue to help families impacted by the crisis. International Red Cross teams are on the ground in the region distributing food, delivering medicine and medical supplies, assisting with evacuations and providing shelter. 

“Thanks to Big Y’s generous support, the global Red Cross network continues to help families impacted by continued fighting in Ukraine,” said Anne McKeough, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “We are grateful for partners like Big Y as we work together to help provide critical humanitarian relief response to the Ukraine crisis.”

The 12-plus-year partnership between Big Y and the American Red Cross has raised over $1.6 million to support international and domestic disasters.

Big Y Foods Inc. is one of the largest independently-owned supermarket chains in New England. It operates 84 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 71 supermarkets, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 13 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with almost 12,000 employees.

The company has been recognized by Forbes as a Best-in-State Employer in Massachusetts and Connecticut for the past three years, as well as 2018 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a “Y.”

For more information, visit bigy.com.

The original article can be found at The Shelby Report.