Saks Fifth Avenue donates 600,000 dollars to COVID-19 relief


Saks Fifth Avenue is contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts
through its Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation. The Foundation usually
focuses its aid on making mental health a priority in every community,
and now will make an emergency grant of 600 thousand dollars to
support patient care address urgent mental health needs in response to
the pandemic.

“Now is the time to stand together to support our community, our
customers and all those affected both physically and mentally by the
COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marc Metrick, president of Saks Fifth Avenue,
said in a statement. “Whether it’s medical workers on the frontlines,
hospitals that require more essential supplies and resources, or those
experiencing stress or anxiety about the virus, we know donations
through the Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation will provide vital relief to
those in need during this challenging and uncertain time.”

The Foundation’s donation will go to three organizations:
NewYork-Presbyterian, Bring Change to Mind and Girls Inc. Each has
reported an increased need for services and resources to do their
work.

The NewYork-Presbyterian COVID-19 Patient Care Fund will receive
250 thousand dollars of Saks’ contribution. This will go towards
general patient care needs, such as the purchase of ventilators and
personal protective equipment, as well as hiring additional clinical
staff.

Bring Change to Mind will receive 200 thousand dollars from Saks,
which it will use to create virtual programs for high school students
during this time of isolation, in order to keep students connected and
supported.

The remainder of Saks’ donation will go to Girls Inc. The
organization will expand its virtual resources to provide programming
to girls in the absence of its in-person program, and offer resources
for social and emotional support for girls affected by the
pandemic.



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