Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:10

Bishop’s Commons Resident Spearheads Fund Drive to Benefit Hurricane Victims

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Doing Their Part for Hurricane Relief Efforts. Bishop Commons resident Florence Filby (center) is seen here collecting donations on behalf of storm relief efforts from volunteers Gabrielle Trivigno (left) and Katelyn Gurney (right). The donations collected will be passed along to Walmart, who has pledged to match customer donations two to one with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American Red Cross disaster relief Doing Their Part for Hurricane Relief Efforts. Bishop Commons resident Florence Filby (center) is seen here collecting donations on behalf of storm relief efforts from volunteers Gabrielle Trivigno (left) and Katelyn Gurney (right). The donations collected will be passed along to Walmart, who has pledged to match customer donations two to one with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American Red Cross disaster relief Submitted photo

Bishop’s Commons resident Florence Filby decided it was time to take action after seeing an image on television of a mother wading through knee-deep waters clutching her two small children, after a devastating hurricane flooded her neighborhood.

For the 103-year-old Filby, that scene and many others streaming to us from the storm-ravaged areas of the Caribbean, Texas and Florida over the course of the last few weeks made her want to help. “I just had to do something,” said Filby, “and a collection from among my friends here at Bishop’s Commons, families and visitors seemed like a way I can help make a difference in this horrible situation.”

She has begun accepting donations on behalf of storm relief efforts and plans to “double the impact” by donating this fund to Walmart, which launched a customer campaign with the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief. As part of the customer campaign, Walmart is matching customer donations two to one with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American Red Cross disaster relief.

“In the big scheme of things,” observed Filby, “it may be only a small contribution but every little bit helps. And if we can do anything to help all the mothers, children and their families who have been impacted by the storms in recent weeks, then it’s worth the effort.”

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