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CSX Contributes to Kentucky Flood Relief, Employees Invited to Join


CSX is joining the relief effort for eastern Kentucky residents impacted by recent devastating floods and encouraging employees to contribute as well. Kentucky state officials have said hundreds of people were forced from their homes, and at least 35 people died in the flooding.

CSX has contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief, $25,000 to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, and $5,000 and transportation services for Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation train cars in support of relief operations.

The affected region is home to many CSX families, several of whom have been affected. All employees are invited to show their support by contributing to the CSX Employees Disaster Relief Fund (EDRF), or the Red Cross through the CSX Matching Gifts program.

“The flooding has disrupted the lives of many CSX employees and their families,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of Corporate Communications. “They’re experiencing significant financial hardship, and I encourage all CSX employees to consider helping your coworkers by providing a tax-deductible contribution to the CSX Employees Disaster Relief Fund.”

To make a contribution to the EDRF or another qualified charity through the Matching Gifts program, employees should visit the CSX Volunteer and Giving Center. The company will match employee contributions of up to $1,000, dollar-for-dollar. You can have a fixed amount deducted from your paycheck or you can donate using a credit card.

The CSX Employees Disaster Relief Fund provides financial assistance to employees who have suffered severe damage to their homes and property. Impacted employees in need of assistance should visit the Community section of the company intranet (Gateway) for additional information.

Donations to the Red Cross will support the wide range of assistance underway, including working with community and government agencies to assess the damage and support emergency needs. The Red Cross is providing safe shelter, food and health services to families who lost their homes and belongings. Team Eastern Kentucky, formed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, is also assisting in a variety of ways.

With CSX’s support, the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation (KSHC) is supporting the relief effort by assembling former Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus housing cars into a nine-car trainset that will provide 100 beds for relief workers in the region. CSX will move the train into position as close as safely possible to the affected area, providing forward operating support for relief organizations.