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    BP donates $50,000 to Mt. Baker Red Cross

    Company gives to local chapter to cover costs from January floods.

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- BP Cherry Point refinery donated $50,000 to the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross to help cover some of the costs the local chapter incurred during January's floods, according to a report in The Bellingham Herald.

    "It's a wonderful gift to the chapter," said Maureen Enegren, executive director of the chapter, which serves Whatcom County and Skagit Valley. "We are such a benefit to the community, and the only way we can continue to be a benefit and step in at a time of individual family need or when there's a big response like this is because of the generosity in our community."

    Michael Abendhoff, director of public affairs for BP Cherry Point, told the paper the company wants to support flood victims through the donation to the Red Cross.

    "We consider ourselves a good neighbor in the community, and when we see other neighbors in the community who are in trouble due to natural disaster, we want to do whatever we can to help," Abendhoff said in the newspaper report.

    During the flood, 138 Red Cross volunteers and eight paid staff members helped feed flood victims and work crews, and provide shelter to displaced residents at four emergency shelters in the county. The Mt. Baker chapter provided an average of 150 meals a day for 10 days to Whatcom County residents, Enegren said in the report.

    The American Red Cross is not a government agency and receives no federal funding. All local programs are funded through local donations.

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