Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Arthur Moats, United Way and Red Cross Team Up to Help Local Fire Victims

Bills LB met recipients of gift at dinner Wednesday

Bills LB Arthur Moats with staffers from the Red Cross and
the United Way of Erie County at Red Cross HQ after
meeting the recipients of his generous donation Wednesday
BUFFALO, NY, May 1, 2013– Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats is helping a Buffalo family that is attempting to rebuild after losing everything in a fire last month. Through a generous donation Moats is providing toys for the children, computers for school, furniture and much more to help this family on the road to recovery. Moats and his family had the opportunity to meet the recipients of their generosity and personally deliver some of these gifts during a private dinner catered by One Eyed Jack’s in Lockport Wednesday evening at the Administrative Headquarters of the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties. Due to concerns regarding client confidentiality, the recipients of these gifts will remain anonymous.

“This family has been through so much the past few weeks, and it’s my honor to be able to help them get back on their feet,” Moats said. “I hope all of Western New York will join me in helping our neighbors in need by making a donation to the American Red Cross.”
The family has been receiving assistance from the American Red Cross since the fire in early April. Last year, a total of 1,046 people in Erie and Niagara Counties received food, clothing, shelter and support from the Red Cross following a fire or other disaster. All assistance is free, and the Red Cross relies on the generosity of the American public to provide these vital services in the community.

“We are so thankful that Arthur Moats has decided to help this family,” said Nancy Blaschak, Regional Executive Director of the American Red Cross.  “I hope this community will follow his example and make a donation to support us as we help the hundreds of other Western New York families who suffer a similar disaster each year.”

The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties spends an average of just over $1,000 when responding to a single house fire affecting a family of four.  To make a financial donation to those affected by house fires and other disasters down the street, across the country, or around the world, please visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to your cell phone bill.