Pacific Bell to Aid Storm Victims

Pacific Bell announced Friday that it will donate $25,000 to emergency and relief efforts aimed at helping county residents battered by this winter's El Nino-driven storms.

The donation will be made to the Ventura County chapter of the American Red Cross to provide the most immediate and basic needs of storm victims.

"With more than 200 employees who live and work in Ventura County, Pacific Bell knows first-hand the toll the recent storms have taken," said Michael Carney, director of external affairs for the communications giant. "We're pleased to be able to help out in any way we can, because we feel strongly that providing assistance in times of need is our responsibility."

In addition to the $25,000 donation, Pacific Bell recently announced that residents displaced by flooding will receive two free months of voice-mail service, call forwarding, remote access to call forwarding and remote call forwarding to allow them to keep in touch with family members.

Since 1989, Pacific Bell has donated nearly $2.6 million to California residents hit by disasters such as the Northridge earthquake, the Oakland fires and floods.

"Thanks to Pacific Bell's generosity and kindness, the American Red Cross will be able to provide assistance to many people who might otherwise have had nowhere to turn," said Ann Sobel, executive director of the Red Cross' Ventura County chapter.

Storm victims in need of assistance should call the American Red Cross at 339-2234.

Those in need of free voice mail or call forwarding can call Pacific Bell at 1-800-310-2355.

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