Photo: Tropical Storm Matthew approaches Dania Beach, South Florida.
After Hurricane Matthew caused Stream to relocate its annual training event, the services provider funneled aid to those hit by the storm.
The company’s Connect 2016 event was set to take place in Orlando earlier this month but was moved to Dallas, where Stream is based, as Matthew approached the southeastern United States. The storm system caused wind damage and flooding along the coastline from Florida to North Carolina before moving back out to sea. Thus far, the death toll has surpassed 1,300, including nearly 1,000 in Haiti, where Matthew touched down before hitting the U.S.
Following its two-day event, Stream announced a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts. “After moving our Connect event due to Hurricane Matthew, we at Stream wanted to do our part to help those hit the hardest by the natural disaster,” said Larry Mondry, Stream President and CEO. “We knew the American Red Cross, the premier disaster relief organization, was the best recipient of our donation.”
The funds donated by Stream and its Independent Associates will provide essentials such as blankets, food, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies to families impacted by the storm, according to Keith Rhodes, CEO of American Red Cross North Texas Region. “Donations like this truly help to pave the road to recovery for disaster victims.”
The donation was made through Stream’s newly formalized charitable program, Stream Cares. The provider of energy and connected life services also temporarily waived international calling fees for its wireless customers across the U.S., allowing them to make calls to select countries affected by the storm.