Hampton Roads sees its share of hurricanes and heavy storms. But Hurricane Matthew victims here are wading through an unusual level of flood damage. GEICO auto damage associates from Virginia Beach were shocked at the extent of military client losses last October. So much so they wanted to go beyond processing insurance claims. They wanted to help as many military families as they could, personally. They called on their long-time community partner, the United Way of South Hampton Roads to lend a hand.
United Way’s Mission United team reached out to all five branches of the military. They compiled a list of local military families with specific, storm-recovery needs. GEICO’s team then purchased the listed items out of their own pockets. Family care packages with clothing, linens and other household goods were assembled on January 27. Mission United staff distributed them to the grateful families.
Wavy-TV10 featured the story on their Hampton Roads Show (above). GEICO’s Toiya Sosa and United Way’s Lauren Karl highlighted the impact the initiative had on the local military community. GEICO and United Way’s Mission United share an important commitment to supporting military and veteran families in the Greater Hampton Roads area.