In the wake of the recent tragedy that struck in the community of Lewiston, Maine, Hammond Lumber Company announced donations of $100,000 to support the victims and families affected by the tragedy. The company said as a longstanding member of the Lewiston-Auburn community, Hammond Lumber is “committed to providing immediate assistance and resources to help those in need during these challenging times.”

“On behalf of our company and employees, our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones. The devastating events in Lewiston have deeply touched our hearts, and we stand in unity with our close-knit Maine communities during this time,” Mike Hammond, president and CEO of Hammond Lumber Company, said. “We hope that these donations will alleviate some of the burdens faced as we navigate going forward.”

Hammond Lumber Company said it recognizes the importance of rallying together as a community during times of hardship. Donations will be used to support multiple initiatives and organizations: A donation of $20,000 will go to supporting the Maine Community Foundation’s Lewiston-Auburn Area REsponse Fund, a $20,000 donation will be given to the United Way of Androscoggin County’s Community Fund, and $20,000 donation will be made to the LA Metro Chamber Foundation. Direct donations equalling $15,000, including all proceeds purchased Lewiston Strong apparel, will be provided to support the first annual Lewiston Strong Memorial Benefit Softball Tournament and $25,000 in funding will be distributed towards forthcoming needs of the community, according to Hammond Lumber.

“Hammond also wants to take the opportunity to express profound gratitude to all the medical providers and law enforcement who have shown immense heroism and unwavering commitment to protecting and assisting others in a time of need. Hammond remains deeply committed to the Lewiston-Auburn communities and will continue to provide assistance and support as we collectively work toward healing and recovery,” the company said in a press release.