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How Atlantic came together to help one of our own

It was a sunny summer morning in June when Sue set out for work at Atlantic’s office in Wilmington.  It wasn’t long before the weather shifted and strong storms swept in that afternoon, bringing lots of rain along with dramatic thunder and lightning.  Electricity went out at Atlantic and then Sue got a call from a neighbor back at home.

Her house had been struck by lightning – a direct shot – and was on fire.

Her dog, Brutus, was still inside but luckily her neighbors were able to rescue him unharmed. The house itself was destroyed.  All their furniture.  All their belongings.

From the outside, it hardly looked like anything happened.  But inside, you could see that the roof and ceiling were gone, burned up completely, leaving fire and water damage everywhere.

Immediately, the Atlantic team sprung to action, with co-workers getting Sue where she needed to go, gathering supplies and getting the word out so people could help.

A GoFundMe page was set up and communications were sent out. Personal donations of money and supplies came in from employees at every Atlantic branch to help make sure Sue, her husband, Joe, and Brutus were taken care of so they could start dealing with this disaster.

To date, over $10,000 has been raised for this family to help get them back on their feet.  In the face of a tragedy that claimed all their material possessions, they gained the knowledge that we are all here for them, that we care, and we’ll do what we can to help.

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution, who sent a text or an email, who called to check in.  It all makes a difference.

We are stronger together.