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Hecla Greens Creek Provides Disaster Relief Donation to Haines

Dec 8, 2020 | Mining, Nonprofits

Hecla Greens Creek donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross to help Haines residents.

Hecla Greens Creek

The Hecla Charitable Foundation authorized an emergency donation of $20,000 to the American Red Cross of Alaska to help Haines residents who have lost their homes or been evacuated due to devastating landslides brought on by historic rain fall.

“Greens Creek has long-standing ties to the Haines community where many of our employees and their families live,” says Brian Erickson, vice president and general manager of Hecla Greens Creek. “Every one of them has been impacted by this crisis, as has every resident of Haines.”

As of Sunday, the Haines Borough had advised roughly a third of the city’s population to pack their bags and be prepared to leave their homes at a moment’s notice as weather conditions deteriorated, increasing the risk of additional landslides. Already an estimated fifty homes have been evacuated.

“This is an ongoing crisis with no end in sight,” says Erickson. “This community needs help—and it needs it now and for the foreseeable future. The Greens Creek family encourages everyone in the region to donate to the relief funds being organized by the Red Cross and Salvation Army.”

Erickson says the mine is prepared to send in its Mine Rescue Teams should they be needed and to provide what other help it can to Haines’ local government.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the community,” Erickson says.

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