Updated: December 4, 2012 6:09AM
ABBOTT PARK — Abbott Laboratories and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, are providing $1 million in funding and product donations to support relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy.
“Our thoughts are with the many people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said John Thomas, Abbott vice president of investor relations and public affairs, and president, the Abbott Fund. “Working together with trusted relief organizations, Abbott and the Abbott Fund are providing funding and products to help communities recover in the days and weeks ahead.”
The Abbott Fund grants will be provided to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and World Vets. Abbott product donations have been made to Direct Relief International and Feeding America.
Abbott product donations were provided to food banks and free clinics in states along the East Coast, including New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Earlier this year, Abbott worked with Feeding America and Direct Relief International to strategically pre-position “disaster relief packs” containing nutritional and medical products in coastal communities at high risk of hurricanes.
Abbott donations for the packs include adult and pediatric nutritional products and rehydration solutions provided to food banks through Feeding America, and nutritional products, medicine and diabetes care products provided to free clinics through Direct Relief International. Food banks and free clinics are able to access these disaster packs as needed to quickly respond to local community needs.