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ABC helps to raise $86,000 for victims of Virginia tornadoes

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 15:32:37-04

Several people lost their lives and countless others lost their homes in devastating tornadoes that hit Virginia in February. Since that time, Virginians have been pulling together to help the area rebuild, including those who have donated thousands through the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

So far, they have raised $86,000 to the cause.

The ABC started collecting money about two weeks ago at each of its 358 stores.

“It’s inspiring to see the outpouring of support for fellow citizens during times of hardship and natural disaster,” said Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “Having visited the communities devastated by these tornadoes, I’m thrilled by the generosity of Virginians and appreciate ABC’s role in delivering needed assistance to these ravaged areas,” he said.

This is not the first time ABC has taken action.

In April of 2011 during another tornado crisis, the Virginia ABC created a way for donations to be electronically transferred through the store’s point-of-sale systems to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund.

Since that time, ABC customers and staff have donated over $316,000 to that fund.