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NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / October 19, 2022 / On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, causing major damage and leaving millions of people without power.

In response, Southwire’s Project GIFT® hosted disaster relief drives in several of the company’s Giving Back communities, collecting nearly six semi-trailers full of much-needed supplies for victims of the devastating storm.

“Project GIFT® was created after Hurricane Katrina to give employees the opportunity to meet the needs of communities affected by natural disasters,” said Wil Rainey, Project GIFT® Coordinator. “As Southwire continues to expand its Giving Back efforts, it is important to us to stay true to those roots. The people of Southwest Florida have been truly grateful for Southwire’s support, and it has been inspiring to see some of the affected residents step in to help others, even when they themselves had lost everything.”

Volunteers from Project GIFT® and Southwire’s agent John Carter & Associates (JCA) were on site with delivery and distribution efforts at Cape Christian Church in Cape Coral, FL, thanks to a connection through Southwire customer Wesco Anixter. Due to tremendous support from Southwire employees and communities across the country, an additional donation of over $9,000 was made to Second Harvest Food Bank, which helped provide meals for those affected by the storm.

“I have worked with Southwire for over 30 years and know they have the best resources to help customers get their power back on,” said Ed Hanner, President of JCA. “After volunteering with the Southwire folks who came to Florida and seeing and hearing the storm victims we helped, I now know it is more than just a great program, it is truly special. It is hard for me to put into words how grateful we all are for the gifts from the folks at Southwire.”

Southwire’s disaster relief effort was made possible by the generosity of community members, staff, volunteers and Project GIFT® teams from West Georgia, Heflin, Alabama, Bremen, Indiana, Huntersville, North Carolina, Medford, New York, York, Pennsylvania, and Denton, Texas, who came together with the same passion to help and ensure relief supplies reached the families affected by this tragedy.

“As a native Floridian, I have seen my fair share of hurricanes and the endless trail of devastation they leave behind,” said Kyle Tafelski, regional sales manager for tools, components and assembled solutions at Southwire. “I am so grateful to have participated in Project GIFT®. The opportunity to bring a little hope and joy to the families of Southwest Florida is something I will never forget.”

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